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US Southern California back on fire watch as dangerous winds return; red flag warnings expanded

03:15  20 october  2019
03:15  20 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

California wildfires rage on, killing 2 and sparking widespread evacuations of 100,000 residents

  California wildfires rage on, killing 2 and sparking widespread evacuations of 100,000 residents A California man has died of cardiac arrest as wildfires continue to rage out of control Friday in the Los Angeles area, officials say, forcing the mandatory evacuations of people in more than 20,000 homes. © FoxNews.com California residents are outraged after being left in the dark by PG&E. Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said the fire along the northern edge of the city has grown to more than 7 square miles and has destroyed at least 25 homes. A middle-aged man who was near where the fire was burning went into cardiac arrest Thursday night and died, the chief added.

Red flag warning has been issued. Take necessary actions to be prepared for #wildfires and avoid using flammable items outdoors during this critical period. As it did during the Santa Ana wind event in mid-October, Southern California Edison warned Tuesday it may shut off power in high fire -risk

Warnings : A red - flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties has been extended into The onshore winds were also pushing the fire back up into the canyons. "The longer the fire burns uphill, the People watch as firefighters battle flames in Carpinteria, California , on Monday, December 11.

Southern California is back on fire watch this weekend amid winds and warm temperatures, with Southern California Edison warning of possible preventive power outages.

a truck that is driving down the road: NEWHALL, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2019 — Freeway 5 and 14 are closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to Saddle Ridge fire in on Friday October 11, 2019 Newhall. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times NEWHALL, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2019 — Freeway 5 and 14 are closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to Saddle Ridge fire in on Friday October 11, 2019 Newhall. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

A small brush fire broke out Saturday morning in the Hollywood Hills off Stanley Hills Drive but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, who said there were no winds at the time.

But that is expected to change throughout the region.

Saddleridge fire calms down, heavy rains on East Coast

  Saddleridge fire calms down, heavy rains on East Coast A new storm system is developing in the southern Plains and will move east over the next few days bringing a threat of flooding to the South with rain and gusty winds.This morning, a storm system is back in the High Plains with the warm front stretching all the way through the Gulf Coast. Some rain will develop along this warm front today and get heavier into tonight and tomorrow.

The Southern California fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are the latest wildfires to devastate residential communities. The Santa Ana winds are a common occurrence in Southern California between October and March as warm air blows in from the desert leading to blustery days in the region.

Today's Forecast: Red Flag Warnings have returned to southern Colorado for all of our viewing area with High Wind Watches back in place from Crowley and Kiowa county up north and east through the state. Fire danger will be greatly elevated as very strong winds return late today into tonight, that

The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for Santa Barbara County's south coast and mountain regions that remains in effect through Sunday night. The Real fire near Goleta started Thursday and burned 420 acres. It is now 50% contained.

There, so-called sundowner winds were expected to combine with low humidity and dry brush to increase the threat of wildfires. Gusts could reach 70 mph in the hills above Montecito on Saturday night and continue into Sunday morning, according to the weather service. The notorious winds, which are similar to Santa Anas in the south, have fueled a number of devastating fires in the area, including the massive Thomas fire that burned more than 281,000 acres in 2017.

On Saturday, the weather service expanded its red flag warning to include parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including the Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains. The strongest winds are expected to hit overnight, and the red flag warning will remain in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Wind gusts could top 50 mph in part of the San Fernando Valley. Highs will get into the 80s.

Edison is considering shutting off power to more than 56,000 customers over the weekend throughout Southern California amid warnings from forecasters that strong winds will raise the risk of wildfires.

The utility has already warned customers in eight counties that their electricity could be turned off in the coming days.

The largest concentration of customers who could be affected — more than 24,000 — is in Santa Barbara County.

PG&E Warns of Biggest Blackout Ever as Windstorm Approaches .
PG&E Corp. warned it will shut off power again on Saturday to as many as 2.5 million people as violent winds batter the state -- in what will be California’s largest intentional blackout ever. The outages will impact up to 850,000 homes and businesses in Northern California, including parts of Oakland, Berkeley and other cities, PG&E said in a statement Friday. With wind gusts up to 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour forecast through Monday, much of the region could be without power for days. San Francisco, however, will be spared.

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