Red flag fire warnings issued; 65 mph Santa Ana winds expected
Red flag fire warnings signaling extreme wildland fire conditions have been issued for Southern California counties because of Santa Ana winds of up to 65 mph that are expected to blow across the region.
The National Weather Service has issued the warnings for areas from Ventura to San Diego counties from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it would be staffing additional fire engines and brush patrols near the hills and mountains. Parking restrictions will be in effect on some narrow hillside roads beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, the LAFD said.
Northeast winds are expected to gust up to 65 mph in mountain areas and up to 45 mph along the coast. Relative humidity could drop into the single digits, according to the weather service.
"These critical fire weather conditions combined with very dry fuels will bring extreme fire danger to the Southland," the agency said in a statement Wednesday. "This will likely be the strongest and most widespread Santa Ana wind event of the season."
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Image: Extreme fire danger explained. Credit: National Weather Service and Stephen T. Coleman