U.S.Brush Fires Pop Up As Peak Heat Hits SoCal CBS 2 Los Angeles Mon, Oct 23 4:39 PM GMT+3RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) — Strong Santa Ana winds and triple-digit heat have prompted Red Flag warnings across Southern California, where brush fires have already broken out in the relatively cooler overnight hours.A brush fire broke out in Rancho Cucamonga near the 15 Freeway, just before 4:30 a.m. The fire was first reported to have scorched just an acre of brush, but gusty winds out in the area whipped it up before firefighters were able to get it under control.In the Tujunga-Sunland area, another brush fire was reported at 9:05 p.m. in the 11000 block of Oro Vista Avenue, near Big Tujunga Canyon Road. More than 50 firefighters quickly put it out after it scorched at least a half-acre of brush in the wash.Triple-digit temperatures and winds of up to 65 miles per hour are forecast for the canyons and mountains. Red Flag Warnings were up Monday in all the windiest locations, including the inland valleys and Santa Monica Mountains east and west of Malibu.View image on Twitter FollowDanielle Gersh @DanielleGershWe’ll set records across the southland this afternoon… stay cool! Excessive Heat Warnings in effect #cbslaStrong winds are even expected to hit Dodger Stadium during Game One of the World Series on Tuesday, with Santa Ana winds possibly blowing over the outfield pavilion and directly toward home plate.The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority have enacted 24-hour patrols of the 72,000 acres of public parkland it manages in the Mulholland Corridor from Griffith Park west to Calabasas because of the high heat and strong winds.This year’s patrols were especially important, due to the record rainfall from the past season. The rain gave way to an abundance of grass that is now dry and a volatile fire risk.Anyone who sees suspicious activity in any of these public park areas can report it by calling (310) 456-7049 or 911.
Southern California Is On High Alert For Wildfires. Don’t Mow Your Lawn
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman,HuffPost Tue, Oct 24 4:20 AM GMT+3 On the heels of devastating wildfires that killed more than 40 people in Northern California earlier this month, Southern California is now on high alert for fire danger.On the heels of devastating wildfires that killed more than 40 people in Northern California earlier this month, Southern California is now on high alert for fire danger.Nearly all of Southern California has been placed on a red flag warning through Wednesday, as weather conditions ― including high winds, low humidity and record-breaking heat ― make the region particularly susceptible to wildfires.As temperatures reached record highs above 100 degrees in Los Angeles and nearby counties on Monday, and were expected to rise even further in the coming days, the National Weather Service warned of the “most dangerous fire weather conditions seen in the past few years.”Cal Fire has increased staffing in the area, bracing for any fires that might come. The agency has also been pushing out an important message to the public: You can help prevent a wildfire, too.“About 95 percent of wildfires have a human cause,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Mohler told HuffPost. “Our releases remind the public to be vigilant. Prevention and education is half the battle.”Both Cal Fire and the National Weather Service tweeted a list of activities people should avoid during high risk weather. Some actions people should not take are fairly obvious: Avoid campfires and burning yard debris. But some high-risk activities may be more surprising, particularly to folks who don’t live in traditionally high-risk fire areas. For example, people shouldn’t mow lawns after 10 a.m, Cal Fire said.Equipment use is one of the top causes of wildland fires, Mohler told HuffPost. Sparks can come from activities as seemingly innocuous as towing a trailer through brush, since any chains dragging could throw sparks, or driving a vehicle over dry grass, as hot exhaust pipes can start fires.Some other common activities dangerous in red flag conditions include shooting firearms and discarding cigarette butts, a spokeswoman for San Diego County warned. Cal Fire’s website also told families to have an action plan in case of a wildfire, including knowing where to evacuate to and what to take out of a house.“We want to send the message home that now is not a good day to be mowing your weeds,” Cal Fire public information officer Kendall Bortisser told HuffPost. “You should start thinking about evacuation planning: How are you going to get out? What are you gonna take with you? How are you going to reach family? We’ve learned over the years that fire is prone to burn anywhere.”The fire warnings in Southern California come just after the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history hit Northern California, killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of homes and causing more than 100,000 residents to evacuate.This article originally appeared on HuffPost.