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Hot temperatures, red flag warnings hang over Southern California

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By City News Service High temperatures, dry conditions and gusty offshore winds are increasing fire danger Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Southern California. (Enhanced infrared satellite image by the National Weather Service)

LOS ANGELES — Red flag warnings denoting a high risk of wildfires will be in force today in two Southland mountain ranges, two forests and the Santa Clarita Valley because of above-normal heat, low humidity and strong winds.

“Warm and very dry conditions will combine with gusty offshore winds to create elevated fire weather danger through Saturday,” said a National Weather Service statement.

Red flag warnings will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, L.A. County’s Angeles National Forest, Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest, and the Santa Clarita Valley in L.A. County. All these areas were named Thursday, except the Santa Monica mountains, which was added to the list this morning.

The NWS said the areas subject to red flag warnings are where the wind would be the strongest and last the longest.

In the mountains, forecasters expect sustained northeast winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of 40 to 45 mph amid humidity levels as low as 8 percent by this afternoon in the Santa Monicas. The same conditions will prevail in the Santa Clarita Valley, the San Gabriel mountains and the forests, but the humidity level in those areas will be at 7 percent, they said.

“If fire ignition occurs, conditions are favorable for extreme fire behavior, which would threaten life and property,” according to an NWS statement that urged members of the public to use “extreme caution” when lighting something.

Along the coast, a beach hazards statement — a warning only a notch less severe than a high surf advisory — will be in force through […]    

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