LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California braced for yet another day of hot and dry conditions amid a weekend plagued by extreme fire danger.
A red flag warning issued for the region is expected to expire by 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. High wind advisories for Anaheim, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Ana are set to expire at noon.
On Saturday, firefighters fanned out all across the Southland made quick work, knocking down several small brush fires sparked by the hot, dry and windy conditions.
In Woodland Hills, a grass fire burned over a ridge behind several homes, briefly threatening a neighborhood just above Ventura Boulevard. At its peak, flames could be seen shooting 20-feet into the air.
“The wind was kind of pushing it towards our house so it was kind of scary for me but the firefighters came pretty quick,” one resident told KNX 1070. Firefighters managed to knock down that blaze before it damaged any homes.
In Eagle Rock, along the Ventura (134) Freeway, flames and smoke could be seen as a small brush fire erupted on the south side of the thoroughfare near the Glendale (2) Freeway.
And in the Newhall Pass, traffic was brought to a standstill after a fast-moving brush fire broke out along the 5 Freeway interchange with State Route 14.
Meanwhile, firefighters cautioned motorists not to toss cigarette butts out of windows as dry brush is prevalent on the right shoulders of freeways.
Cooler temperatures are forecast for Tuesday with a chance of precipitation by Wednesday or Thursday.