Winds, Possible Record-Breaking Heat Keep SoCal Fire Danger High

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.

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A firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant to try to control the southeastern flank of the nearly 10,000-acre Guiberson fire on September 23, 2009 near Moorpark, California. (Credit: Getty Images)

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)

 

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A tree toppled onto a house in Hemet on Tuesday as strong winds pounded the area. (Credit: Greg Strommer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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