Red-flag warning puts Southern California firefighters on high alert

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According to the National Weather Service, the warning has been issued for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with gusts between 35 to 50 mph. Parts of the Orange County coast are also seeing winds, and the Inland Empire experienced major gusts overnight.

The winds and low humidity have put Los Angeles fire stations on high alert, including Encino Hills, Encino, Los Feliz, Studio City and Woodland Hills. Additional resources were deployed at 8 a.m. as a precaution for what officials call high-hazard brush areas. The extra resources will be on-hand for about 24 hours.

"This particular warning is going to begin in the high country up the Angeles National Forest," said Tony Atkins, Los Angeles County fire inspector. "I've spoken to my colleagues over at the Angeles [National Forest] and they said they'll also have additional resources during this period. And then it's going to spread into the Malibus and out into the Santa Clarita Valley."

Fire authorities are asking residents to clear brush around their homes and pack emergency bags with clothes, food and water in the event of an evacuation.

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