Santa Ana Winds Prompt Extreme Fire Warning

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has implemented its augmented staffing plan in response to the National Weather Service’s red flag warning which is in effect through Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.; a high wind warning begins early tomorrow morning through Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. Widespread portions of Los Angeles County are affected, including the areas of Santa Clarita, the high country, Los Angeles basin, and the Santa Monica Mountains, extending to the coast and Catalina Island.

In some areas, this strong and dangerous Santa Ana wind event may develop extreme wind gusts between 50 to 70 miles per hour (with isolated, stronger gusts up to 90 miles per hour in the mountains). Warm temperatures and low humidity are expected in canyon, mountain, and valley areas.

This extreme wind event has resulted in an elevated high fire danger, prompting Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby to order additional staffing and pre-deployment of resources throughout the County.

At this time, we remind residents living in wildfire prone areas to take appropriate precautions:

See something, say something. Report any sign of smoke or fire immediately to your local fire department by dialing 9-1-1. If you dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone, be sure to know your location.
Have your Ready! Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan in place. It is critical for residents to be familiar with the Ready! Set! Go! program that provides important pre-planning and evacuation information.
Prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). During elevated weather conditions, utility companies may temporarily shut off power in high-risk areas. Please plan for this possibility and consult with your local utility company for more information.

To download the Ready! Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan and view informational how-to videos, visit

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