Alerts of Critical Fire Hazard in Southern California – Daily News

Much of Southland had been warned of critical fire hazards by tonight amid a combination of Santa Ana winds, higher temperatures, lower humidity and very dry conditions.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department “dispatched” two action teams to strategic locations in the county and added personnel to both ground and air personnel.

Since the warnings from the National Weather Service were in effect until 8 p.m. on Saturday, the fire brigade also warned that utility companies in high-risk areas could temporarily turn off the electricity.

The department also urged residents to familiarize themselves with evacuation routes, should they become necessary, and to report any signs of smoke immediately to 911.

The warnings apply to the LA County Coast, Downtown LA, the Los Angeles County Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

A red flag means that critical fire weather conditions either occur now or will occur shortly.

“In large parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, a moderate wind event in Santa Ana will continue until Saturday evening,” said the weather service.

“Peak wind gusts are expected to be between 30 and 45 miles per hour, with isolated areas reaching up to about 55 miles per hour. The peak winds are expected every day in the morning and early afternoon. “

The NWS also said humidity is expected to fluctuate in the single-digit to low teens, with temperatures in the 80s along the coast and 90s inland.

“If there is a fire, the conditions for extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread are favorable, which would threaten life and property,” said the weather service.

People were also urged to use extreme caution with potential fire ignition sources.

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