LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Gusty winds and low humidity levels Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning.
The warning, which was issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday.
Winds are expected to reach 15 to 30 mph with gusts at 45 mph. The strongest winds are expected near the I-5 corridor.
The winds, coupled with low humidity and dry brush, will likely bring critical fire weather conditions across Los Angeles and Ventura county mountain ranges.
“If fire ignition occurs, there could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property,” the NWS said.
The Ventura County Fire Department has added an additional engine to accommodate the fire threat in area mountains, firefighter Tony McHale told KNX 1070.
Fire officials encourage homeowners to clear brush around their property.
Officials expect this fire season, which officially began on Monday, to be the worst in 100 years.