A red flag warning has been issued for Wednesday in many parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties amid concerns over high fire danger due to strengthening Santa Ana winds and low humidity.
These conditions were considered a “high fire weather concern,” according to the National Weather Service.
The red flag warning went into effect at 6 a.m. and was scheduled to last until 6 p.m.
Northeast winds between 25 to 40 mph were expected to hit areas of Southern California Wednesday, with some gusts reaching up to 65 mph, forecasters said.
A high wind warning was slated to be in effect through Wednesday afternoon in the mountain areas of L.A. and Ventura counties, according to the weather service.
The winds had the potential to bring “extreme fire behavior” if a fire was started, forecasters said.
Because of the high fire danger, extra crews, water tenders and brush patrols were being added at fire stations in Devore, Lytle Creek and Fontana, authorities said.
Concerns over high fire danger were expected to last until Thursday, according to the weather service.
Motorists were being warned that the strong winds could make driving difficult – especially for taller vehicles – on a number of Southern California roads, including the 5, 14 and 405 freeways, the Pacific Coast Highway, Topanga and Malibu canyons, and Kanan Road.
Strong gusts also had the potential to down power lines and trees and cause property damage, according to the weather service.
Residents were advised to secure all loose outdoor furniture.