• High Risk of Wildfire For Southland


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire
    was declared for much of the Southland today amid expectations that
    thunderstorms will form over the region and shoot down bolts of dry lightning,
    setting blazes that will spread rapidly because of high winds and bone-dry
    vegetation.
    In Los Angeles County, the warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. until
    11 p.m. in the Antelope Valley, the Angeles National Forest and the county’s
    mountain areas, according to the National Weather Service. Other Southern
    California areas subject to the warning include the Los Padres National Forest
    and the mountains of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
    NWS meteorologists said an upper-level low south of the Channel Islands
    is injecting mid-level moisture — and instability — across Central and
    Southern California. As a result, “widely scattered thunderstorm activity is
    expected,’ according to an NWS advisory.
    “With a rather dry lower atmosphere, any thunderstorms that develop are
    expected to produce little, if any, measurable precipitation,’ it said.
    “Therefore, dry lightning is a concern through this evening.’
    And with vegetation “approaching critical levels’ of dryness, “any
    lightning strikes could ignite a fire and outflow winds (of between 25 and 35
    miles per hour) could spread the fire quickly,’ the advisory warned.
    One of the factors behind the issuance of a red flag warning is today’s
    expected high temperatures, which will be more than 10 degrees higher than
    Saturday’s in some areas.
    The NWS forecast highs of 72 today, 68 Saturday in Avalon; 73 today, 71
    Saturday at LAX and in Newport Beach; 85 today, 79 Saturday in downtown L.A.;
    86 today, 79 Saturday in Long Beach; 87 today, 82 Saturday in Anaheim; 90
    today, 81 Saturday on Mount Wilson; 92 today, 81 Saturday in San Gabriel; 93
    today, 83 Saturday in Burbank; 94 today, 84 Saturday in Pasadena; 98 today, 90
    Saturday in Lancaster; 99 today, 91 Saturday in Palmdale; and 100 today, 87
    Saturday in Woodland Hills and Newhall.

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