LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Red flag warnings were in effect across the Southland Friday due to gusty winds, high temperatures and single-digit humidity levels.
Power lines were down in some areas, including Simi Valley, where a transformer blew up near Cochran Street and Galena Avenue.
The Los Angeles City Fire Department is preparing for the weekend, as warnings are scheduled to be in place through Sunday.
Chief Don Frazeur says the department has brought in an extra 150 firefighters for the day.
“They’re strategically deployed throughout the city, so they’ll likely be at the site where something could start. And that will give us the chance if a fire does break out to extinguish it before it gets ahead of steam and is so destructive,” Frazeur said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has also deployed additional engines to individual stations and have engine-strike teams on standby for fire-prone areas, KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.
Temperatures are expected to be well above average Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“The biggest concerns with this event will be, of course, rapid fire growth, blowing dust, downed power lines and choppy seas,” according to CBS2’s Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein.