Sep 25, 2016

Soaring temps increase risk of wildfires through Monday: 'I’d say the tinder box would be Southern California itself'

Los Angeles, CA
USA
by
Christine Mai-Duc
,
Los Angeles Times
The sun sets on the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall, at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro on Sept. 22. Weather forecasts call for soaring temperatures through Monday afternoon. Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
The sun sets on the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall, at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro on Sept. 22. Weather forecasts call for soaring temperatures through Monday afternoon. Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Red flag warnings are in effect through Monday afternoon, as soaring temperatures and the first major Santa Ana winds of the season are expected to sweep through an already parched Southern California.

“I’d say the tinder box would be Southern California itself,” said David Sweet, a metereologist with the National Weather Service. “All areas in Ventura County and Los Angeles County are being subjected to gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidities."

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Over the summer, fire activity — even without Southern California’s well-known winds, was already “very extreme,” Cordova says. “You add another element like the Santa Ana winds to the scenario, it can make it extremely dangerous."

If a fire does break out in the next 48 hours, Cordova says, residents should be extra-cautious in heeding evacuation orders. “As firefighters, we’re noticing these fires are moving very quickly and they’re burning very extreme. A lot of times [residents] don’t have the time they think to get out"