Wind Damage, Fire Risk Prompt Griffith Park Closure

The vast recreation area will remain closed because of high-wind and fire danger

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    Downed trees, debris and high fire danger prompted the closure of Griffith Park Thursday after damaging winds swept through the region overnight.

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    More damage is possible later Thursday and overnight when winds are expected to return to the area, according to parks department officials. The park will remain closed until debris is clear and officials determine the park is safe, Los Angeles Recreation and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Epstein said.

    Fire danger remains high Thursday because of windy and dry conditions. A red flag warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday.

    Power was knocked out on the eastern section of the 4,000-plus acre park, home to the Griffith Observatory, miles of hiking trails, the LA Zoo and golf courses.

    Zoo Drive and Crystal Springs Drive on the eastern end of the part also provide alternate routes for 134 and 5 freeway motorists. Portions of those freeways were blocks earlier Thursday by wind-scattered debris.

    Windy conditions are forecast into Friday morning.

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