Firefighters On Alert As LA Endures Heat Wave

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A red-flag warning Sunday was in effect for the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as the Southland faced another day of triple-digit heat.

The National Weather Service said downtown was four degrees shy of setting a record as temperatures reached 105 degrees. By 1 p.m., the temperature in Long Beach, Fullerton and Santa Ana was 99 degrees.

County firefighters, along with state forestry teams were staged in the Santa Clarita Valley and foothills near Pasadena, where relative humidity was expected to drop below 10 percent at times.

On Saturday, Los Angeles firefighters began moving equipment and personnel into high fire danger areas, though no major fires were reported. City officials opened cooling centers in the San Fernando Valley and health experts urged residents to drink plenty of water and save outdoor exercise for the mornings or evenings.

Slack winds and a forecast of diminished chances of a Santa Ana wind swayed forecasters to drop the weather warning for the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

The heat wave is forecast to persist through Tuesday, with a slight cooling trend starting Wednesday.

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  • Buck

    Again y are u telling fire bugs the good news for them. Are trying to set them off or what. Quit telling them please

  • Jason Snyder

    I would hate to see what an 8.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault of a San Bruno type explosion in Los Angeles would do during a massive Santa Ana Wind Event. It would be worse than Hurricane Katrina.

  • Curtis

    Was this written with the expectation that no one would read it until tomorrow (Monday)? Example: “A red flag warning WAS in effect for the Los Angeles-area mountains Sunday and firefighters WERE staging high dangers areas as the Southland braced for another day of triple-digit heat.” Or how about this one: Health experts were urging residents to drink plenty of water and save outdoor exercise for the morning or evening.” Are doctors recommending something different now?

    Is the writer so poorly educated and inept at the English language that he/she does not see these simple grammatical errors or is it that the editorial management of CBS is simply apathetic about the quality of writing on their sites?

    As a teacher, I am appalled at this level of writing. How can I recommend my students to visit for examples of high quality journalism if the quality of the writing is so poor? It’s no wonder our students are failing in such record numbers; look what they have a examples of “professional” writers.

  • Chris

    Wow. Why do you care so much? Shut up. You’re annoying.

    • Curtis

      Another indication of a well-thought out and educated response.

  • oscar

    just watch the news.

    • Curtis

      Why would I want to do that when this is so much more entertaining?

  • karen

    Curtis – read your last sentence…I think you just shot yourself in the foot.
    “….look what they have a examples of “professional” writers. WHAT THE…??

  • J

    People have not addressed the issue of if a San Bruno type gas line explosion or an massive earthquake occurred during a massive Santa Ana Wind event. This would be a disaster of a smilar magnitude to 9/11.

  • DD

    California has been a fire hazard for border to border for years- earthquakes are a natural happening event. The hazard comes from continuing to build so heavily even after people knew of so many faults here. Fires happen, especially when people do not keep the brush back from buildings. If you live in such a natural setting without that fire break, then you suffer when a fire starts. Wind is a natural event, so people need to be more prepared and be careful, but this wont stop others from screaming about what COULD happen while DOING NOTHING to prepare themselves.

    • J

      I believe that it was a mistake for people to build in Southern California because of the faults and propensity to drought. I am still not sure how we are going to be able to handle the ever increasing population during future years. As far as I am concerned California is dying and never coming back again.

  • Leslie

    @ Karen in defense of Curtis: The accidental ommission of a single letter (an “s” in this case) is FAR less offensive than the things Curtis has pointed out regarding the article!
    @ Curtis: People just don’t care anymore. It’s horrible.

    • Curtis

      Hi Leslie,

      Thanks. I agree, it is horrible that most people just don’t care anymore. However, if everyone takes that same attitude, then where does that put our kids, the next generation of writers and journalists? Who is going to teach them to communicate intelligently and effectively?

      My 12 year old 8th grader writes better than this and he hates to write. I credit his teachers who have not forgotten the fine art of writing and the “power of the pen.”

      I’m not sure who is more to blame for this type of writing. Is it the actual writer, or is it the elementary and secondary teachers, or perhaps the college and university professors, who failed to teach? Or Is it the managing editorial staff of this and other organizations who simply care about being the first to put up a story, regardless of its quality? Your guess is as good as mine.

      • J

        If we keep cutting back on education in California like we have been we will most certainly have more people who have poor quality writing.

  • Buck

    The biggest problem with the fire season is home owners. I own a tree service and almost everyone who lives in the higher prices hills regions say they no wanna pay for fire clearance or just choose ignore the law then they cry when house burns down. These are also the same people hiring illegals to do the job for half price which is why u see these trash piles dumped in alleys and eveywere but at the dump

    • J

      People and the state of California both do not know how to properly prepare for fires or any other natural disaster.

  • karen

    I think that the American people are killing the English language. Don’t you know that the word “Herb” has an H at the beginning – so why do you not say it?
    The word awesome is over used. Children should be encouraged to use different adjectives. I blame the teachers.

  • J

    I blame the parents, the teachers, and also the state who insists on keeping bad teachers in the schools while laying off our good teachers.

  • jeremy

    Karen. I am english and in london. There are 500 english dialects and the british are always so pompous. American english is actually the way the english used to speak hundreds of years ago. Don’t dare to say herb has
    An h and then pronounce knight without the k
    How to you pronounce beauchamp as in beauchamp place. Or berkley and barclay!
    Standard american english pronounciation and spelling is the almost as it was spoken and written in england in the 1600s!
    All the major global languages have different dialects and accents

  • karen

    Sounds like bollocks to me.

    • DD

      That figures, after seeing what you already wrote. Jeremy is right, not so you would know that. The teachers are far from as good as they could be- and might be so much better if they were not overwhelmed with having to try teaching to so many in classrooms filled with illegals who don’t wish to bother learning in ANY language.

  • karen

    So DD you are blaming illegals for the downfall of our teachers? It is hard – almost impossible to fire bad teachers. They just get passed from school to school.
    It’s still Herb with an H. Isn’t that “awesome!”

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