The potential for lightning combined with brush fire fuel and heavy winds prompted the National Weather Service on Friday to issue several red flag warnings in Southern California.
The warnings for Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Saturday.
In Palmdale, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the NWS. Southwest winds in the area could reach up to 15 mph, but the NWS warns that the potential thunderstorms are capable of producing winds of 40 mph.
In Los Angeles, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Skies are expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm winds will remain around 5 mph, according to the NWS. Patchy fog is expected after 11 p.m.
Lightning Suspected in 2 Fires
Dry lightning strikes may have sparked two fires in the Antelope Valley area Friday afternoon, a county fire official said.
The first fire was reported at 3:35 p.m. in the 12000 block of West Avenue D at 125th Street West, Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Five acres of medium brush had burned by 4 p.m., Savage said.
A second fire was reported at 4 p.m. at Avenue J and 110th Street West, he said.
"They said there would be some dry lightning strikes that could cause some problems, and we're seeing that is what is happening," Savage said.
No structures were immediately threatened by either of the fires.