The City of Los Angeles has declared a “Red Flag Alert” to be in effect. It will remain in effect until further notice.
It is expected that the “Red Flag Alert” will stay in effect AT LEAST until 8:00 AM Saturday morning, and could last longer, subject to circumstances.
The following Information has been provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD):
A “Red Flag Alert” is called when the wind speed is 25 miles per hour or more and the relative humidity is 15% or less. History has proved that a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.
For this reason, parking restrictions will exist on certain narrow streets in brush areas during these conditions. To determine current Red Flag Alert Parking Restrictions within the City of Los Angeles, please call 3-1-1 or visit: LAFD.org/RedFlag
Forecast models have been consistently advertising what looks to be one of the strongest Santa Ana events thus far this fall season. Gusty northeasterly winds (up to 45 MPH) and single digit relative humidity should bring a period of critical fire weather conditions to portions of Los Angeles. Tonight, winds are expected to sharply increase, peak Friday, and remain through Saturday. Unfortunately, overnight humidity recoveries will not help much and are expected to be poor.
These conditions, including strong winds and dry fuels, greatly compound wildfire danger. We therefore ask residents – especially those in foothill and wild-land communities – to ensure proper brush clearance and use caution. Those living near flammable vegetation should remain vigilant to the possibility of brush or structure fires.
Please heed the following six simple wind safety tips:
– Report nearby smoke and flames immediately to 9-1-1.
– Be watchful of toppling trees and wind-blown debris.
– Treat all non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
– Minimize the use of candles, lighters, fire pits, barbecues and spark producing equipment.
– Secure household items, such as outdoor furniture.
– If you encounter downed wires, assume they are energized & contact 9-1-1.
These winds could make travel difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. If you must get behind the wheel, Los Angeles Firefighters remind you: “Heads Up, Easy on the Throttle and Expect the Unexpected!”
As always, LAFD officials are keeping a close eye on wind speed and direction, high temperatures, dead fuel moisture reading and low relative humidity, along with all pertinent historical data.