Red Flag Warning

There is what meteorologists are calling an “extreme” Red Flag Warning in effect for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Wednesday morning, with high wind which could cause dangerous brush fire conditions.

Wind in the 50 to 70 mile an hour range is possible, with gusts to 80 miles an hour in the mountains.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

The strong Santa Ana wind conditions which brought high brush fire danger to the Central and South Coasts are easing Friday night. While Los Angeles County had some major wind driven blazes, the Central and South Coasts had only had a handful of small fires on the South Coast which were quickly controlled.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Santa Ana winds continue to remain a major issue for firefighters in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Friday morning, with a Red Flag Warning still in effect for high brush fire danger. We could see wind in the 35 to 55 miles an hour on the coast and for inland areas, with gusts approaching 65 miles an hour in the mountains.

We are getting a break Wednesday in potentially dangerous wind conditions for the Central and South Coasts, but things could be rough for parts of the region Thursday and Friday. Meteorologists say we will see increased brush fire danger in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. But, the biggest concern is for Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

We’re in the lull between wind events, but high brush fire potential and the possibility of some public safety power shutoffs are in the forecast for parts of the Central and South Coasts.

We’re getting a break Tuesday night and Wednesday, but Thursday and Friday have the potential for wind related brush fire problems.

Some potentially dangerous brush fire conditions could hit the Central and South Coasts this week. The biggest concern is for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The forecast is for a mild Santa Ana wind event through Tuesday.  Then, on Thursday and Friday, there could be much stronger wind, possibly reaching Red Flag Warning levels.

Firefighters dealing with brush fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are getting mixed news when it comes to the weather forecast.

The Red Flag Warning for high brush fire danger was originally expected to end at 6 Friday night, with meteorologists predicting that the dangerous high winds would ease. 

A Red Flag warning for potential dangerous brush fire conditions is in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties for most of Wednesday. 

Wind in the 30 to 50 mile an hour range is possible, with humidity dropping from 5% to 15% in some areas of the region.

Extremely hot temperatures with dry and windy conditions continue this weekend. However, it’ll be a few degrees cooler and slightly less windy.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heating warnings for the South and Central Coasts that will last until 9 pm Saturday. You can expect highs on Saturday to reach the upper 70s to mid 80s at the beaches and the 90s to triple digits inland with 15 to 25 mile an hour winds.

Record heat and wind are creating major brush fire concerns for parts of the Central and South Coasts.

A high pressure ridge brought us the hottest temperatures of the week Thursday. Oxnard hit 97 degrees, breaking a record of 96 set in 1942. Camarillo Airport peaked at 98, topping a more than half century old record of 96 from 1965.

A Red Flag warning for high brush fire danger remains in effect for the mountains and valleys of Ventura County until 8 Thursday night.

The sweltering heat continues for the South and Central Coast, and that could pose a challenge for firefighters battling the Sherpa Fire.

You can expect record-breaking temperatures.

"There is excessive heat warnings out," said National Weather Service Specialist Stuart Seto.