Drier, hotter weather raises fire danger in L.A. County’s inland and valley areas

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Hotter temperatures, lower humidity and strong winds starting Friday will increase the risk for wildfires in Los Angeles County’s inland, valley and mountain areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 to 45 mph in the western San Gabriel Mountains from the Tejon Pass to Lake Hughes, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a red flag warning for critical fire conditions across the region starting at 1 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. on Saturday.

“People in SoCal who live in the valleys, foothills and mountains need to be on alert that if something could start and spread quickly it could impact them,” said weather service meteorologist Rich Thompson.

Strong winds will dry out vegetation and drive down the humidity — to between 6% and 12% — in these areas, officials said. Temperatures will range from the 90s to around 105 degrees on Friday and Saturday in lower mountain elevations and across the Antelope Valley.

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