Warm, dry and windy conditions caused the National Weather Service to extend red flag warnings for parts of Southern California on Wednesday.
The warnings, which were set to expire Wednesday evening, will be extended in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, except the Antelope Valley, through Thursday and possibly into Friday, according to the NWS.
The low humidity levels and gusty winds create the potential for rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior.
“We’re definitely in a more critical position right now because of the humidity more than anything else,” Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Daniel McCarty said.
Relative daytime humidity levels were forecast to remain below 10 percent, with incredibly poor overnight recoveries not going above 20 percent, according to the NWS.
Winds were expected to be the strongest between the late morning and early evening hours. Reaching up to 60 mph in the L.A. and Ventura County mountains, forecasters said.