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Red Flag Warnings put SoCal on alert

January 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Red Flag Warnings remain in effect as heavy wind gusts and low humidity are making for dangerous fire conditions in Southern California.Winds were so strong a heavy gust left a big rig on its side in the Mira Loma early Saturday morning. Now all high-profile vehicles are being urged to drive carefully and to be aware of the winds. Warnings have been posted on L.E.D. displays from the Inland Empire to the Ventura County line on Southland Highways.

"It was very scary, we were just rocking and it fell like the top was just going to flip over," said LaTanya Sharp who had to pull over her R.V. and wait for winds to subside.

The winds coupled with the low humidity have firefighters on high alert. Extra firefighters, engines and helicopters have been pre-positioned in areas of concern to tackle any fires that may pop up, particularly in the mountain and canyon areas.

"It doesn't take much," said Capt. Albert Ward of L.A. City Fire. "With the winds, it is usually a wind driven event instead of a terrain driven event, therefore we put extra companies so that we can make an aggressive attack on the fire and try it and control it as fast as possible."

Parking restrictions are in effect in some areas of L.A. County. Drivers are not allowed to park on narrow or winding roads in the Hollywood Hills, because firefighters need the space to reach any trouble spots.

According to the National Weather Service the Red Flag Warnings will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Monday in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.


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