(FOX 11 /CNS) A red flag warning was in effect this morning in portions of Los Angeles and Orange County, raising the danger of wildfire due to high winds, low humidity and warm temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.
Northeast winds are expected to peak this morning and then decrease this afternoon, according to the weather service. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph were forecast with gusts up to 50 mph, forecasters said. Relative humidity in the single digits and temperatures reaching the upper 70s were also forecast for today.
"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire (danger),'' according to an NWS statement.
The red flag warning went into effect at 4 a.m. and was to remain in effect until 6 p.m., according to the weather service.
The Los Angeles Fire Department planned to preposition resources beginning at 8 a.m. today at stations serving high hazard brush area, said the department's Erik Scott.
From Hal Eisner:
A big part of our 5
county area is under a red flag alert. When that happens there are concerns
about power lines down, wildfires and even driving in high profile vehicles.
Given that, fire authorities beef up their staffing and move equipment into
more fire prone areas so they can quickly get the upper hand on a fire. That's
not always possible, but they try. In LA, the city's fire department is adding
staffing to the fire stations in Woodland Hills, Encino, Encino Hills, Los
Feliz and Studio City.
They warn about things
that could start a fire like throwing a cigarette out a car window. They preach
the need for defensible space around a home. They encourage people to turn
their cars hood-out if there is a fire in the area so you can escape quickly
and they ask people to be on alert.