High fire danger expected to continue through Sunday night in Los Angeles mountains

Helicopters drop water on flames from a fast-growing brush fire that has burned nearly 20,000 acres along the 14 Freeway east of Santa Clarita.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The National Weather Service has extended a red flag fire danger warning for the mountains of Los Angeles County through 10 p.m. Sunday, citing gusty southwest winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

Winds could gust up to 35 mph Sunday, with humidity falling to between 8% and 15%.

“These conditions, as well as very dry fuel conditions, will result in the potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid fire growth if ignition occurs,” the weather service said in a statement.

The Sand fire burning near Santa Clarita had consumed about 20,000 acres as of Saturday evening and was about 10% contained.


The fire prompted widespread evacuations and was threatening more than 1,500 homes.

The weather service said temperatures are expected to cool slightly Sunday from Saturday, when much of the Los Angeles area saw triple-digit temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to drop by about five degrees along the coast and up to 10 degrees further inland Sunday. The cooling trend is expected to continue through Monday.

The red flag fire warning remains in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday.

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