A strong ridge of high pressure settled over Southern California on Tuesday, pushing temperatures into the 90s and causing powerful Santa Ana winds that increased the fire danger in parched wildland areas.
The unseasonably warm weather is expected to last for the next several days, and the high winds will increase in strength through Wednesday, according to the
The agency said damaging wind gusts from 60 to 75 mph are expected in Los Angeles County mountain areas and the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Weather Service issued red flag fire warnings signaling critical fire danger for mountain and valley areas from Los Angeles County to San Diego County. Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s and 90s, and relative humidity could drop to 5%, the agency said.