Large sections of Southern California Wednesday remained under red flag warnings, signifying a high risk of wildfires because of powerful Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels.
“Winds Are Expected To Strengthen”
The warnings were initially scheduled to expire Thursday, then they were extended to Friday night then to Saturday night.
National Weather Service forecasters said the wind speeds were down by about 10 to 20 mph Wednesday but would regain strength overnight.
“The winds are expected to strengthen again tonight (Wednesday) through Thursday with 18 to 24 hours of strong winds gusting to 50 to 75 mph,” according to the NWS. “This is a significant period. The winds will then gradually weaken Friday through Saturday.”
Critical Red Flag Warnings
Accompanying the winds will be humidity ranging in the 6 to 12 percent range through early next week.
“As a result, critical red flag conditions will persist over most of Los Angeles and Ventura through Friday, and possibly through the weekend in some or all of those locations,” according to the NWS.
Warnings In Effect Until Saturday
Red flag warnings were scheduled to remain in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday in the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, beach cities, metropolitan L.A., Downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. No red flag warning was in force in the Antelope Valley.
A red flag warning was also in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday in all of Orange County.