LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California is expected to experience another day of strong and possibly damaging Santa Ana winds.
The strongest of the winds could plague the passes, canyons, and select mountain locations of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Wildfires and brush fires were reported all over the Southland Saturday and officials said to expect more of the same on Sunday.
A red flag warning is expected to remain in place through Sunday evening., around 6.
Isolated wind gusts could reach as high as 80 miles per hour in favored mountain locations, the NWS said.
Wind advisories have been posted in about seven cities in and around the CBS2 viewing area, including Inglewood, Long Beach, Torrance, and Los Angeles. A high wind warning expired by 3 p.m. Saturday.
Sustained winds were expected between 30 to 40 miles per hour in parts of the region, according to CBS2’s Meteorologist Rich Fields.
Wind gusts in upwards of 37 miles per hour were recorded in Porter Ranch, making driving conditions difficult. In Fontana, strong winds caused broken branches and downed tree limbs.
Residents were urged to report any downed power lines by dialing 1-800-DIAL-DWP. The LADWP also said residents should consider any downed lines “energized.”
The Santa Ana winds are expected to be coupled with warm temperatures and dry conditions, making way for extreme fire danger across the Southland.
In response, many departments have pre-deployed resources in select neighborhood fire stations serving high hazard brush areas. Authorities have said that its the largest deployment since 2002.
“The fire danger is still very critical and extreme,” Todd Hall with the NWS told KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz. “The red flag warnings are in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday evening.”