The return of Santa Ana winds brings warm temperatures and higher risk of fire danger. At least 100 additional firefighters are on staff as Southern California takes precautions against red flag warnings. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
A fire warning is in effect this weekend for Los Angeles and Ventura counties as Santa Ana winds return and temperatures rise.
Gusts reaching up to 60 miles per hour may affect isolated areas, and winds between 40 and 50 miles per hour are expected in coastal and valley areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will reach highs of mid 70s, weather officials said, and humidity will stay relatively low around 15 percent.
These factors combined mean that if a fire were to occur, a potential quick spread could threaten life and property, the agency said.
“Extremely dry conditions,” said NBC4 meteorologist Elita Loresca. “But lots of sunshine in the forecast.”
In Santa Clarita, the wind was putting a damper on the day. "Santa Day," an event for disabled kids who cannot visit Santa in the mall or other normal locations was cancelled due to high
winds, said event spokesman Denis Wolcott.
The red flag warning is set to expire at 6 p.m. Sunday.