Dry Winds Bring Red Flag Fire Warning for LA County
Dry onshore winds will make for dangerous wildfire conditions around Los Angeles County this Labor Day weekend.
A risk of wildfire will confront parts of SoCal Friday and Saturday due to strong onshore winds and low humidity levels, the National Weather Service said.
A Red Flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire will be in force in Los Angeles County in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest from 11:00a Friday morning until 8:00p Saturday.
During that frame, the Red Flag Zone will be swept by South/Southwest winds of between 15 and 25mph accompanied by gusts of 35 mph, diminishing to between 8 and 15 mph with 25-mph gusts during the overnight and morning hours, forecasters said.
At the same time, the humidity level will drop to between 5 and 15% during the day, with many locations experiencing a rise only to between 10 and 20% at night.
The low humidity will result from very dry air moving into mountain areas at higher elevations adding that the deepening trough of low pressure forecast to generate stronger winds will also trigger a slight cooling in the region.
“If fire ignition occurs, conditions are favorable for extreme fire behavior and rapid spread of wildfire, which would threaten life and property,” the NWS warned.
An improvement in the humidity situation is expected in interior areas Sunday through Tuesday, forecasters said.
Off the coast, a small craft advisory indicating hazardous conditions for small vessels will be in effect until 3:00a Saturday.
The NWS forecast both partly cloudy and sunny skies in Los Angeles County today and highs of 74 in Avalon; 75 at LAX; 79 in Long Beach; 81 in Downtown LA; 82 in San Gabriel and on Mount Wilson; 83 in Burbank; 85 in Pasadena; 89 in Woodland Hills and Saugus; and 93 in Palmdale and Lancaster.
Temperatures will dip a few degrees over the next several days beginning Saturday but generally revert to Friday’s marks Wednesday.
A mix of sunny and partly cloudy skies is forecast for Orange County Friday, Temperatures are expected to be similar through Wednesday but rise by several degrees next Thursday.
Remember, when traveling in fire danger zones to take extreme care, lives and property depend on it.
Have a terrific Labor Day Weekend.