Firefighters across Southern California remain on alert for a second day of Red Flag warnings as hot, dry Santa Ana winds remain in the forecast through Saturday. Even though the Red Flag warning area has been reduced, forecasters recommend residents remain vigilant.
Authorities reported no significant incidents Thursday night through early Friday morning. A brushfire erupted Thursday afternoon in Santa Clarita, but it was quickly doused with the help of water-dropping planes, and no structures were damaged.
The National Weather Service forecast predicts winds gusting to 65 mph into Saturday in the mountains and valleys.
Meteorologist Stephen Harrison said some canyons in Orange County already have seen gusts reach more than 60 mph.
“You would see palm trees bending over and possible damaged property and debris flowing across the roads," he said. "Once you get up to 60 miles per hour, it can be potentially life-threatening.”
Low humidity and high temperatures — which could hit 88 degrees in Los Angeles — raise the risk of a large wildfire in the region.
For the latest information, you can view the Red Flag warning map above or go to the link to see it updated in real time.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has pre-deployed firefighting resources to brush-heavy neighborhoods. It has also issued street parking restrictions in fire prone areas until at least 8 a.m. Saturday.
The areas where parking is prohibited are highlighted in red below.
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