Forecasters have extended a red flag warning for the mountain and valley communities of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as a massive fire devastated the San Fernando Valley on Friday.
Those communities should expect dangerous fire conditions to continue through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, the red flag warning for coastal areas, the San Gabriel Valley and the mountain and valley communities of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will expire at 6 p.m. Friday as wind strengths diminish, the weather service said.
Despite the forecast, firefighters in Riverside County said they remain vigilant of winds as three fires continued to burn in the area Friday.
The series of blazes exploded across Southern California on Thursday, when Santa Ana winds began blowing in a north to northeast direction as humidities dropped to the single digits.
Two people have died in the fires: One who suffered a cardiac arrest in the Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley and another one was found dead in a mobile home in the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa.
Some of the strongest winds were recorded in the coastal valleys of Ventura County, where winds blew up to 59 mph.
Air quality officials urged people to stay indoors as smoke billowed from the fires.
Forecasters expect winds to weaken by Friday night.
SMOKE ADVISORIES:Several active fires in #LosAngeles & #Riverside Counties are affecting our air quality: https://t.co/Y158OoPtBX–#SaddleridgeFire near #Sylmar, #GranadaHills & #PorterRanch–#SandalwoodFire near #Calimesa–#RecheFire near #MorenoValley–#WolfFire near #Banning pic.twitter.com/wvHDNTzxKG
— South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) October 11, 2019
9:20 AM: Here is a 1) Map of wind gusts currently over 40 mph across #SoCal and 2) Map of relative humidity. Bone dry air is in place along with strong winds below passes and canyons as this #SantaAnaWind continues, creating critical fire weather conditions. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/fzloHpTFn3
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) October 11, 2019
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