Santa Ana winds and dry conditions are expected to return to Southern California on Wednesday night, November 24, prompting forecasters to issue a severe wildfire warning, which will last through Friday, to residents in some areas. With a reminder for. Ready to vacate when needed.
The warning will be in effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday and will continue until 6 p.m. Friday in Riverside County Valleys and Mountains, San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, Inland Orange County, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, Los Angeles County Mountains, Angeles National Forest, Coastal The area spans the city of Los Angeles, and the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.
“North-easterly winds will increase after sunrise on Wednesday and then peak Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning,” the National Weather Service said. “The winds will gradually weaken from Saturday, but there will be strong winds at times. Peak wind gusts between 35 and 55 mph are expected, with isolated gusts between 60 and 70 mph.
Forecasters said humidity levels would drop Wednesday afternoon, falling from 2% to 8% by Thursday, creating dry conditions that could dramatically increase the risk of a rapid spread of dangerous wildfires.
In Orange County, a red flag warning will remain in effect for inland areas until 6 p.m. Friday. Forecasters said gusts of 40 to 50 mph could be seen in those areas, sometimes reaching 60 mph in mountain valleys. Meanwhile, according to the weather service, the humidity level could drop to around 5% on Thursday.
“Emergency response officers in Los Angeles County will be prepared to protect lives and property,” said Kevin McGowan, the Los Angeles County Director of Emergency Management’s office. “But, we also need the cooperation of our entire community to stay safe as a region. You can do your part by staying informed and ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice, especially if you live in valley, mountain or foothill communities.
Residents were urged to keep the following emergency preparedness tips in mind:
• Keep mobile phones and other devices charged with Ringer so you can receive and listen to emergency alerts throughout the night. Keep flashlights that work for all family members ready and within reach.
• Prepare your family, pets and home for the possibility of evacuation. Park your vehicle facing the street so you don’t have to back down into the driveway, to avoid getting stuck behind an electric garage door.
• Sign up for the Emergency Information System. Identify which systems are used by your local law enforcement agency in your neighborhood, your workplace, and other places you or family members visit frequently. Monitor news reports and keep a battery-operated radio with you so you can access news when the power goes out.
For more preparation tips, visit ready.lacounty.gov and readyforwildfire.org.
Southern California Edison warned that the utility could shut down power, cutting power in wind-prone areas to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by wind-damaged electrified power lines.
Residents can visit the SCE website at sce.com/wildfire/psps to see if their area is under consideration for potential power cuts.