VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — A red flag warning for most of Southern California remains in effect Saturday as a result of strong winds, low humidity and dry brush.
The warning is in effect for the cities of Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Torrance, among other areas.
National Weather Service forecaster Curt Kaplan tells KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that it is set to expire at 6 p.m.
Other special warnings are also in effect.
They include wind advisories for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the Santa Monica range, until 2 p.m.
A similar advisory has been issued for Orange and Ventura counties. It will expire at noon.
Meteorologist Kaj Goldberg, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says gusty winds of up to 20 miles per hour were reported in the Santa Clarita Valley at the Interstate 5 corridor.
Capt. Randy Gee of the Los Angeles County Fire Department says the increased fire danger prompted officials to increase strike teams throughout the Los Angeles County and Santa Clarita Valley over the past several days.
“This morning, we sent the strike teams home but we still have added extra man power to a lot of our local stations so that if we do have another significant event we can get on those fires relatively quickly,” Gee said.
The winds are expected to taper off Saturday evening.