LOS ANGELES — Wildfire warnings will be in effect from tonight through Saturday morning in mountain, forest and valley areas of Los Angeles County because of strong, gusty winds, low humidity and dry vegetation.
A red flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire will be in effect from 8 tonight until 10 a.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel Mountains and the forests that stretch over them — the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County and Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest. North to northeast winds of between 15 and 30 miles per hour accompanied by 45-mph gusts will sweep the mountains, with the strongest likely near the Interstate 5 corridor, forecasters said.
“There is a possibility that critical fire weather conditions could move into the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys as well as the Santa Monica Mountains,” according to an NWS statement. “So a fire weather watch” – – it’s slightly less serious than a red flag warning — “has been issued for these areas Thursday evening through Saturday morning.”
Winds of 15 to 25 mph with 40-mph gusts are expected in the areas for which the fire weather watch has been issued.
Humidity levels in the threatened areas will dip to the low teens and single digits in the areas threatened by wildfire, according to the NWS.
The NWS said that by Saturday morning, the winds buffeting the region will turn to the northeast “and a weak to moderate Santa Ana wind event is expected Saturday and Sunday. Very dry air will remain in place this weekend. So there will be the possibility of critical fire weather conditions across Ventura and Los Angeles counties.”
Off the coast, a small craft advisory…