Firefighters Stay Vigilant Amid Red Flag Warnings

LOS ANGELES ( — Strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity, coupled with dry brush, have firefighters on alert all weekend in the mountain, forest and valley areas of Southern California.

Red flag warnings will be in effect until 2 p.m. Sunday in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, L.A. County’s Angeles National Forest, Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest, and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Firefighters in the valley areas will be on active patrol for any hot spots.

Northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph, gusting to between 35 and 45 mph, are expected in the mountains and forests through Sunday, along with humidity levels of only between 5 and 15 percent, according to a National Weather Service statement.

In these conditions, “if fire ignition occurs, there could be rapid spread of wildfire,” leading to a loss of life and property, the statement said.

Temperatures of up to 100 degrees or more are expected in Woodland Hills, then continuing to climb until Tuesday, when a downward trend will begin in several communities.

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