Winds Prompt Brush Fire Fears

Los Angeles County firefighters have added extra staff in case wind-fueled fires kick up in Southern California

Firefighters remained on alert for the possibility of brush fires on Sunday as hurricane-force winds and dry hillsides combined for tinderbox conditions in Southern California.

Los Angeles city officials began enforcing a ban on parking in fire-prone areas on hillside roads of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Cars that are found parked on narrow roads, hairpin turns, and key intersections that could block access and that are marked with a "No Parking" sign could be ticketed or towed, said LA Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

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Los Angeles County firefighters added an extra 300 personnel on Sunday to be ready in case a fire breaks out. Los Angeles city firefighters added extra engines, water tenders and brush fire patrols.

The highest-recorded wind gusts were out of the San Gabriel Mountains at 83 mph. In Castaic and Agoura, wind hit 63 mph. The wind, which was blowing out of the north and east, was fueled by a high-pressure system centered over the Great Basin.

The wind knocked down several big rigs on the Interstate 10 in San Bernardino and a communications cable was loosened by the wind above a section of Interstate 15, the California Highway Patrol said.

A wind advisory that signifies sustained winds of 39 mph or more for the coastal plains, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley are due to expire at 3 p.m.

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