MALIBU/SANTA MONICA—High winds are expected to transpire in Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood Hills on Sunday, October 8 and Monday, October 9. The National Weather Service reported conditions have led to a red flag warning.
“Red Flag Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday for gusty northeast winds and very low relative humidity for the Ventura County coastal plain, Los Angeles cost from Malibu to Hollywood Hills…and foothills of the San Gabriel Valley,” the National Weather Service stated on its website.
Red flag warnings were implemented starting at 3 a.m. for Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, as well as Ventura County. 6 a.m. for the Los Angeles valleys and mountains by Malibu reaching down towards Dodger Stadium.
The National Weather Service noted a moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event is forecast from late tonight through Monday, with offshore winds diminishing by early Tuesday. The strongest winds are likely to peak Monday morning, across western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura Counties.
“This surge of offshore winds will bring considerable drying to the region, with widespread humidities in the single digits and teens on Monday. The combination of moderate to strong Santa Ana winds, very low humidities, warm temperatures, and very dry fuels will bring widespread critical fire weather conditions to the region, especially across much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties,” said the National Weather Service on their website.
There will be larger risk for fire ignitions and large fire growth, including rapid fire spread and long range spotting. Offshore winds are expected to decreaserapidly Tuesday morning, with a transition to onshore winds by the afternoon with continued very low humidities and elevated fire danger.
Written By Eugene Achim and Donald Roberts