High temperatures and fire danger expected through Sunday

The risk of brush fires will remain high in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains Sunday due to unseasonably warm temperatures, dry air and gusty winds, weather officials said.

Temperatures in the valleys and parts of the Inland Empire are expected to climb into the low 90s, according to the National Weather Service. That's about 20 degrees higher than average. The forecasted high for downtown Los Angeles is 88.

Humidity levels in the mountains are expected to drop into single digits for a few hours this afternoon.

Morning winds were from the east and southeast, but by afternoon they will become sea breezes from the southwest, with gusts up to 20 mph, said David Sweet, a weather service meteorologist.

The conditions fall short of warranting a red-flag warning — the highest danger level for fires — but they do merit caution, he said.

The danger will drop significantly by Monday, when high temperatures in the region are expected to drop into the mid-70s, with gentler winds.

L.A. County firefighters have been battling a brush fire near Gorman that broke out Friday afternoon and burned 150 acres.

At one point, about 190 firefighters were deployed on the Pine fire, just south of California 138 near Quail Lake. By Sunday morning, however, the fire had been completely contained, officials said.


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