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Red flag warnings go up Thursday night due to high fire danger

Posted: October 2, 2013 7:25 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2013 7:25 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch Wednesday for high winds and high fire danger lasting from Thursday evening through Sunday evening in the Santa Clarita Valley,

Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds and very low humidity are forecast for the area, as well as elsewhere in California.

“The peak winds will occur Friday morning and again Saturday morning,” the National Weather Service warnings noted.

“Relative humidity will fall sharply into the mid-teens to single digits Friday, and by Saturday widespread single-digit humidity will extend from the higher elevations to the lower elevations and then persist through Sunday.”

Temperatures are expected to range between five and 15 degrees above normal.

A red flag warning alerts fire departments and other agencies to high fire danger. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has placed additional firefighters on duty to staff extra equipment in the areas affected.

“By this time of year conditions in many areas are at their driest of the season,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CalFire. “When you add in strong winds, it makes this time of year a perfect recipe for wildfires.

“Even though it is fall, we need the public to understand that we are still in fire season throughout much of California and everyone must take extra precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire.”

Residents were urged to avoid mowing or trimming dry grass on windy days, not to park cars on dry grass and not to burn landscape.

Portable gasoline-powered equipment must have spark arresters, and residents were urged to report any suspicious activity to reduce the chances of arson.




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