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High winds bring fire danger across L.A. area Sunday

January 8, 2012 |  7:42 am

Another day of strong, dry winds are in the forecast for parts of Southern California, heightening the danger of brush fires.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts topping 40 mph are expected in mountain passes and foothills through Sunday afternoon. The weather service has issued wind warnings, and extra firefighters will be on standby.

The strong winds, coupled with low humidity and high temperatures, could create "extreme fire behavior," the weather service said in its warning.

"What this means is that, if a fire starts, it will have explosive growth," said Stuart Seto, a weather service specialist.

He said it's important for residents to be on the lookout for blazes.

“When it's this dry, things will ignite easier," he said. "And then the strong winds will spread the fires.”

City fire officials said "red flag" parking restrictions will be in place starting at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Details on areas affected by the parking restrictions are available here.


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Image: A map on the National Weather Service website shows the expected directions of heavy winds. Credit: National Weather Service