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Red Flag Fire Weather Warnings Ahead for Southern California

Hot, dry and windy conditions are expected through Sunday

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:40 PM PDT
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Gusts could reach 60 mph in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, building overnight, settling during the day Friday and peaking Saturday morning. In the most extreme circumstances, gusts could hit 80 mph in some Inland Empire mountains. NBC4's Fritz Coleman has the forecast for Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Gusts could reach 60 mph in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, building overnight, settling during the day Friday and peaking Saturday morning. In the most extreme circumstances, gusts could hit 80 mph in some Inland Empire mountains. NBC4's Fritz Coleman has the forecast for Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

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Red flag warnings went into effect Thursday evening for parts of Southern California as fire crews prepare for hot, dry and windy conditions into the weekend.

The National Weather Service issued the fire weather warnings for most of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. The LA County warning is in effect from Thursday night to Sunday evening. The warning will be in effect for Orange and Riverside counties Friday through Sunday night.

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The ridge of high pressure building over the region Thursday will move east during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

"Santa Ana winds are expected to peak Friday midday and then persist, while weakening slightly Friday afternoon through Saturday," according to an NWS advisory. "There could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property."

A small brush fire broke out in the hills above Glendora Wednesday. Aerial units helped knock down the 6-acre fire, which prompted street closures and led to a traffic slowdown on the nearby 210 Freeway.

The city of Los Angeles and Pasadena activated red flag parking conditions Thursday. The restrictions limit parking on narrow and winding roads, allowing fire crews to access the area in the event of a brush fire.

The parking restrictions will be in effect until further notice.

The LAFD pre-deployed resources -- including additonal firefighters and equipment -- Thursday night in high-hazard brush areas.

Temperatures will run 5 to 10 degrees above normal with low to moderate humidity levels. Single-digit humidity will extend from higher elevations to the lower elevations during the weekend.

Wind speeds will average 30 to 40 mph at times, with gusts up to 60 mph along ridgelines and canyons.

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