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Hot Temps and Santa Ana Winds Have Firefighters on Alert

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Although tomorrow afternoon we officially usher in fall, we're about to be swept up in another heat wave, this time complete with hot, dry Santa Ana winds. Not only does that mean we will be uncomfortably hot for another stretch of time, but also the risk for wildfires is dramatically higher. "Fire crews across Southern California will be on alert as a red flag warning goes into effect at midnight," explains area of concern is the Station Fire, which is 93% contained. Crews have been dropping retardant on areas within the 281 square miles that burned as a consequence of the August 26 arson blaze, including the vulnerable terrain and equipment of Mount Wilson. Other hot spots remain deep in the San Gabriel Mountains, which firefighters continue to work to combat.

For us, the hot temps take hold today, with the strongest winds and intense heat starting tomorrow. The National Weather Service advises:

The warming trend should begin today...With isolated triple digit temperatures across inland locations. Triple digit heat will be more common Tuesday and Wednesday across the valleys and some inland portions of the coastal plain. [...] The offshore winds will also bring widespread and long durations of single digit humidities to southwest California on Tuesday and Wednesday. The combination of gusty winds...Very low humidities...Hot temperatures and very dry fuels will likely bring critical fire weather conditions to portions of the Southland late tonight through Wednesday."

As always, take precautions to ensure your health and safety during this heatwave.