The Winds Are Coming — Red Flag Warnings Are In Place
A red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday in the mountains and valleys of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.
The warning comes as Santa Ana winds roar in.
Fire satellite imagery at 1245pm shows brighter red on existing fires in central & southern CA, including the #BobcatFire above Monrovia & Azusa, indicating more active burning. Winds are beginning to increase over the mountains with gusts to 31 mph at Chilao RAWS. #CAwx #LAfire pic.twitter.com/55weK0ecJ7— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 8, 2020
Weather forecasters warn that gusts up to 55 mph could fuel the out-of-control Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest.
Eric Boldt, a warning coordination meteorologist with National Weather Service office in Oxnard, cautioned on our newsroom's call-in show AirTalk this morning that the "the fire is still very active up in the mountains and those winds are expected to kick up shortly after lunch time."
Flames could push further south towards communities like Monrovia, Azusa, and Sierra Madre.
"So wind speeds of gusting 50 to 60 mph possible in the mountains," Boldt explained. "And that's really gonna make for a rapid fire spread towards those communities later today."
Meterologist Mark Jackson with the National Weather Service says the newest forecasts are sent to fire officials:
"We stay in close coordination through conference calls, through direct phone calls to operations chiefs to give them more specific details on how this event will unfold - especially in terms of the timing and the strength and the location."
These gusts, mixed with dry conditions and hot temperatures, could force electrical utilities to shut off power to keep equipment from starting fires.
More than 54,000 Southern California Edison customers could be impacted and officials with the power company are asking for customers help.
"When customers get a text on their cell phone or a phone call, please take it seriously,"said spokesman Reggie Kumar. "Make sure to have an emergency plan in place and go somewhere safe if their power is shut off."
These potential shut-offs are different from the rolling blackouts issued due to power demands during the heatwave.
MORE FIRE COVERAGE
- Bobcat Fire: Blaze Grows To More Than 8,500 Acres With 0% Containment
- El Dorado Fire: More Than 10,500 Acres Burned; Containment At 16%
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