Drier, hotter weather raises fire danger in L.A. County’s inland and valley areas

Hotter temperatures, lower humidity and strong winds starting Friday will increase the risk of wildfires in inland, valleys and mountains of Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts in the western San Gabriel Mountains from Tejon Pass to Lake Hughes are expected to reach 40 to 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a red flag warning for critical fire conditions across the region from 1 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

“People in SoCal who live in the valleys, foothills and mountains need to be vigilant that they could be impacted if something could start and spread quickly,” said Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson.

Strong winds will dry out vegetation and bring humidity levels down to 6 percent to 12 percent in those areas, officials said. Temperatures will range from 90 to about 105 degrees on Friday and Saturday in lower elevations and Antelope Valley.

Temperatures along the coast and in much of Los Angeles remain in the 70s on Friday.

Thompson said people should be aware of ignition sources, including loose sparks from welders and other machinery, unattended campfires, and unsecured objects being pulled from a vehicle that could create sparks.

It’s also a good idea to have a “go-bag” with all your essentials ready in case a fire threatens homes, Thompson said.

“We always say ‘Ready, steady, go’ in case there is a fire. Grab the bag so you’re ready to go,” he said.

Winds are expected to ease by late Saturday morning, with slightly cooler temperatures and chances for monsoonal humidity beginning Sunday in the deserts and mountains.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-22/drier-hotter-weather-brings-elevated-fire-danger-to-los-angeles-countys-inland-and-valley-areas Drier, hotter weather raises fire danger in L.A. County’s inland and valley areas

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