Strong Wind Gusts Forecast for Antelope Valley, L.A. Mountains

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A round of Santa Ana winds expected to blow over Southern California this week has triggered several advisories for residents and forced the state’s fire agency to increase staffing.

“Even though it’s mid-April, the drought has caused conditions to be months drier than they normally would,” said Dale Hutchinson, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s southern region chief in a statement.

CalFire has added extra fire engines, bulldozers and aircraft to the region as Santa Ana winds push hot, dry air across the Southland’s extremely parched vegetation.

The Santa Anas are expected to sweep across L.A.’s mountain communities and the Antelope Valley at up to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph from Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie.

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