RIVERSIDE (CBS) — The first weekend of autumn is being greeted with a Red Flag Warning Saturday, as desert-dry winds and high temperatures are building across the region.

Due to the hot weather, the Los Angeles City Fire Department will be deploying trucks and firefighters into fire stations serving brush areas, reducing response times in the event of a fire, said Los Angeles city fire spokesperson Erik Scott.

Los Angeles County firefighters will add a patrol strike team tonight at a fire camp in La Canada-Flintridge area, a dispatcher said.

Temperatures were in the triple digits across the San Fernando Valley Saturday afternoon, and the 1 p.m. reading at Saugus was 106. 

A Red Flag Warning was posted for the mountains north of Los Angeles and Ventura, as well as the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, effective Saturday night.

The NWS said it was not sure if Red Flags would be necessary in the San Fernando Valley or San Gabriel foothills, so those areas were placed on a fire weather watch.

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Comments (2)
  1. Buck says:

    Y are they building this up. R they trying to push the fire bugs to do something

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