Fire danger remains high amid dangerously hot temperatures

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The latest heat wave may be waning for the week, but the fire danger is still high for drought-parched Southern California.

Monday appeared to be the hottest day of the week, but temps are still dangerously high when it comes to fire danger.

A brush fire broke out in San Bernardino County Monday afternoon, quickly burning at least 50 acres. Also, a massive blaze in Northern California has destroyed more than 175 homes.

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Low humidity levels and gusty winds call for a red flag warning in the San Gabriel Mountains and Antelope Valley foothills through Thursday

"We're at extreme fire danger. We've had an ongoing drought, and the moisture level is extremely low, so it does not take much to set off a fire," said Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Residents in fire-prone areas are well aware of the threat.

"Critical fire situation, and red flag days are, it's a necessary evil," said Brandi D'Amore, a Hollywood resident.

A brush fire broke out in the hills near the 101 Freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard just last month. Officials are reminding residents in the area to clear the narrow roads while red flag warnings are in effect.

It's something D'Amore takes very seriously.

"I know that some people have a problem with the red flag days, but it allows the fire department, on the days that are designated as such, should an emergency occur, to be able to just navigate," D'Amore said.

Firefighters advise people not to throw cigarette butts out of their cars on the highway, as they could easily spark a fire. Also, residents are urged to heed brush-clearance requirements.
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