Environment & Science

Fire weather returns as red flag warning goes into effect

A burned-over bluff still smolders and traffic on Pacific Coast Highway is jammed in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles in this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, after a fire threatened bluff top homes. On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Southwestern California, warning of increased fire danger.
A burned-over bluff still smolders and traffic on Pacific Coast Highway is jammed in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles in this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, after a fire threatened bluff top homes. On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Southwestern California, warning of increased fire danger.
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A red flag warning was in effect Thursday for the mountains, valleys and coasts of L.A. and Ventura counties.

High heat, extremely low humidity and wind gusts reaching up to 40 mph to 50 mph were expected to create a high risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded Thursday morning by pre-deploying extra firefighters at stations near areas with high-hazard brush.

Those stations include:

The department said red flag parking restrictions were not in place, however. These restrictions are enacted sometimes during high fire danger at critical access points such as narrow roads, hairpin turns and key intersections, to prevent emergency personnel from being delayed, according to the department.