Strong winds and low relative humidity levels are bringing increased fire danger to Southern California.
Northerly winds whipped up late Thursday, bringing down trees and knocking out power in some areas of Los Angeles. The downed trees damaged cars in West Hollywood, but nobody was hurt, NBC Los Angeles reported. Power outages affected more than 3,000 Angelenos.
The National Weather Service said potentially stronger winds are expected into the weekend.
"This is our first Santa Ana wind event of the season," Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the weather service, told KPCC. "It looks pretty weak, but you still will see very warm temperatures starting to creep into the forecast Saturday and especially Sunday."
Boldt said Southern California residents can expect “very windy gusty conditions along with very dry air.”
Drivers are urged to use caution on mountain roads.
Humidity levels are predicted to slip to between 5 and 15 percent. Red flag warnings have been issued for mountain and valley areas through Sunday.
Some communities will station additional crews in danger areas to deal with increased fire risk.