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Windy weather ripe for fires across Southland

January 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Weather conditions are getting ripe for fires across Southern California.

With gusts up to 60 mph, warm temperatures and dry air, firefighters are on alert as red flag warnings have been put into effect.

A red-flag warning went into effect at 10:48 a.m. Saturday. A high-wind warning and a wind advisory went into effect at 9:32 p.m. Saturday. All were expected to last until Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters are standing by areas where the red flag conditions could spark a fire and quickly spread to residential areas.

The dry conditions are due to a lack of rain throughout the Southland, and this week's record-high temperatures made matter even worse.

January isn't typically the time of year to anticipate high-fire danger. But the Los Angeles County Fire Department wants residents to be aware of the windy weather on the way.

"Report smoke early, if you are on your cellphone know what address you are calling in," said Capt. Mark Savage. "Don't do anything to contribute to a start of a brush fire."

Firefighters in Southern California are increasing their staffing levels in anticipation of the wind event.