Fire dangers intensify in Santa Clarita Valley this week

Members of a hand crew from Chula Vista put water on a Sand fire flare-up along Placerita Canyon road on July 26. Signal photo by Dan Watson

Say goodbye to the cool and rainy weather that hit the Santa Clarita Valley Monday.

A red flag warning is back in effect for the area until Thursday evening due to low humidity, high temperatures and gusty Santa Ana winds, according to the National Weather Service.

“The combination… will create critical fire weather conditions across the warning area,” a National Weather Service statement read.  “This in combination with the very dry fuels could cause very rapid fire spread along with extreme fire danger and fire behavior.”

The high risk of wildfire will be at its peak point from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County.

The strongest winds are expected in the national forests, especially in the Interstate 5 Corridor with winds between 20 miles per hour and 35 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

In Santa Clarita, temperatures will rise to 94 degrees and winds will reach up 35 miles per hour Thursday.

Officials said these gusty winds may make driving difficult for drivers of high-profile vehicles and create reduced visibility due to blowing dust and debris from the Sand Fire burn area.

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