Red Flag Warning issued due to high fire risk in L.A. County

Warm, windy and dry conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning due to increased fire risk throughout the Southland, and especially in mountainous areas.
In addition to temperatures in the 90s predicted through Friday, “Gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity can be expected for most of Los Angeles County,” Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said in a written statement.
Wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph were expected in the mountains, while gusts between 35 and 45 mph were predicted in the valleys, officials said.
“The unusually dry fuels for this time of year may create extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs,” according to an NWS Special Weather Statement.
County firefighters have taken precautions by increasing staffing and placing resources throughout the county to respond to an emergency, according to the fire department statement.
Residents in brush areas were advised to report any sign of smoke immediately, use extreme caution when operating machinery that can generate sparks or flame, make preparations and evacuation plans and report any suspicious people or vehicles to law enforcement.

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