Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Red Flag Wildfire Warnings In Place Through Saturday

The La Tuna Fire, which ravaged the Burbank area earlier this summer. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag wildfire warnings across Southern California from Thursday evening through Saturday morning, citing the dry weather conditions and strong, gusty winds.

National Weather Service told LAist the warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Saturday. It includes the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Barbara County's south coast and mountains, the Ventura County Mountains, and Los Angeles County Mountains.

Winds are predicted to blow at 15 to 25 mph, possibly reaching 35 mph. These winds, combined with the low relative humidity in the area, mean there will be potential for "rapid spread of wildfire and extreme fire behavior" if fire ignition occurs. NWS recommends keeping an eye out for rising smoke and notifying the fire department immediately if a fire starts.

Support for LAist comes from

Earlier this week, a fast-moving wildfire in Anaheim prompted evacuations of around 5,000 homes. It eventually destroyed or damaged over 50 structures. Evacuation orders have all been lifted and the wildfire is now 60% contained, according to City News Service.

Up north, the Bay Area and wine country are seeing rising death tolls and missing persons numbers as a result of the massive Napa and Sonoma County wildfires.