The combination of strong, potentially damaging Santa Ana winds, and possible record-breaking temperatures were expected to result in another day of extreme fire danger across much of Southern California on Thursday.
Due to the warm and windy conditions, plus humidity levels likely to remain in single digits, the National Weather Service has issued Red flag warnings until 8 p.m. for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Wildfires under these conditions can spread rapidly, causing a threat to life and property, forecasters said.
The warnings came in the wake of a wind-driven brush fire in Rancho Cucamonga that spread to over 1,000 acres by Wednesday night.
The fire was fueled by gusty winds, reaching over 60 mph at times. The winds also toppled big rigs and knocked down trees the past few days. One of those trees landed on top of a home in Hemet on Tuesday.
The heat wave that has gripped the Southland the past few days was expected to continue. Several high temperature records were expected to be broken Thursday, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service listed some of the locations that were most likely to break their all-time record.
Location Expected High Record High
- L.A. Downtown/USC 96 89 (1996)
- L.A. Airport 91 86 (1996)
- Long Beach Airport 99 90 (2004)
- Burbank Airport 98 98 (1947)
- Camarillo Airport 96 83 (2011)
- Oxnard NWSFO 91 86 (1929)
- Santa Maria Airport 92 92 (1996)