The National Weather Service is warning about strong Santa Ana winds in L.A. and Ventura counties starting Wednesday night. The humidity also will drop, so meteorologists have issued a red flag warning, a signal that the weather conditions could help a wildfire spread out of control.
L.A. County Fire Captain Mark Savage says firefighters are monitoring the situation.
"All firefighters [are] on notice in Southern California because this certainly will be the strongest predicted wind event in recent times. They're saying that these could be very destructive winds and could be a very dangerous component if a brush fire were to start. Makes it very difficult to stop," Savage said.
The National Weather Service in San Diego released a brief detailing winds that could exceed 60 mph, with coldest gusts hitting Thursday.
The department has extended its contract for a pair of "Super Scoopers," the firefighting aircraft that can drop 14,000 gallons of water at a time. Those planes were supposed to head back to Canada on Tuesday, but the department added a week to the contract after hearing about the weather forecast.