Strongest winds expected through Friday morning, when humidities dropThe most powerful winds were expected Thursday night through early Friday in the I-5 Corridor and southern Santa Barbara County, where a wind-driven, 420-acre blaze briefly shut down a portion of the 101 Freeway and prompted some evacuation orders along the Gaviota coast earlier Thursday. Forecasters recorded 67 mph gusts in Montecito Hills at around 2:45 a.m. Friday.
Winds will strengthen again Saturday night and continue into Sunday, forecasters said. Weak Santa Ana winds will likely develop Sunday night and persist into early next week, according to the National Weather Service. The San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, mountain areas (excluding the Santa Monica Mountains) and coastal foothills could see 30 to 50 mph winds through Sunday, the weather service said. Winds were so strong overnight Friday in some areas that they toppled trees in Burbank, Van Nuys and Panorama City. Sandberg, in the northwest region of L.A. County, saw 70 mph gusts at around 2 a.m.
SBC ALERT-The NWS in Oxnard has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara Co South Coast & Mtns from 4 pm Fri-10 pm Sun. Winds 20-30 w gusts up to 70 mph in some areas. Low relative humidity (10-25%) This is a dangerous recipe for quick fire growth. https://t.co/xLjSx75amy pic.twitter.com/B3zbahoqzl— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) October 18, 2019
Winds have been quite gusty across portions of southwest CA, with peak gusts during the overnight hours of 67mph recorded in Montecito Hills and 70mph in Sandberg! Here is a summary of the peak winds over the last 12 hours: https://t.co/lYdy9SVRCT #SoCal #CAwx #SBAwind— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2019
Meanwhile, humidities will drop to their lowest on Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, the weather service said. Forecasters issued a fire weather watch warning for central to southern Santa Barbara County effective 6 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday.
And another on Norwich Ave. in Panorama City 📹:RMG News pic.twitter.com/cuJZGtdYIG— KTLA (@KTLA) October 18, 2019
Possible power outages across SoCalSoCal Edison as of Friday morning was considering preemptively cutting power for up to 22,504 customers, including those in Santa Barbara, Palmdale, Chatsworth, Castaic, Mammoth Lakes, Yorba Linda, Ventura and surrounding areas. Click here for the latest list and maps of communities that could be affected by the wildfire prevention measure. The utility is under scrutiny as officials continue to investigate what caused the deadly Saddleridge Fire on Oct. 10, which they believe ignited below a SoCal Gas Edison transmission line in Sylmar amid high winds.
Update #SaddleRidgeFire; INC#1582; 7:00AM; https://t.co/XL8FE0ZOb1; #Sylmar #GranadaHills #PorterRanch #Chatsworth; 8,391 acres; 68% contained. Windy conditions tested containment lines, which held through the night; -Nicholas Prange pic.twitter.com/SixAeovehB— LAFD (@LAFD) October 18, 2019