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L.A. fire danger is as extreme as the heat; Sunday, Monday even hotter

September 26, 2010 |  8:40 am


Amid extreme heat Sunday in Southern California, fire officials were preparing for the greater risk of blazes. The area experienced near-record temperatures on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, as well as L.A. County and state firefighters, are staging in potential brush-fire danger zones so they can battle immediately any fires that break out. In addition to high temperatures Saturday, some parts of Southern California saw very low humidity.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday and Monday should be hotter and drier than Saturday, when downtown Los Angeles recorded a high of 97 degrees and some inland valley areas exceeded 100 degrees.

Red-flag fire warnings remain in effect, and firefighters have deployed to potential trouble spots in Pasadena, La Cañada-Flintridge, the Hollywood Hills and Santa Clarita.

On Sunday, beaches are expected to see highs in the 80s, and inland areas could easily top 100 degrees.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Beaches were crowded in Playa del Rey Saturday. Irfan Khan / L.A. Times