Los Angeles County on High Alert for Wildfires, High Surf as Red Flag Conditions Loom

Los Angeles County on High Alert for Wildfires, High Surf as Red Flag Conditions LoomSource: Los Angeles Fire Department
Gabriela Martinez
Published on December 08, 2023

Los Angeles County is bracing for a bout of hazardous weather conditions this weekend, as the National Weather Service has forecasted red flag fire conditions and high surf advisories. The warnings, spanning from Saturday, December 9, through Sunday, December 10, have put local services on high alert due to increased risks of wildfires and dangerous ocean currents, including the potential for deadly rip currents starting today.

With strong Santa Ana winds set to rapidly whip across wide areas of Los Angeles County, the risk of fire ignition and spread is particularly acute. The Los Angeles County Fire Department is ramping up its readiness to quickly respond, augmenting staffing levels in anticipation of the threatening conditions. In a statement obtained by Los Angeles County's official bulletin, they urge residents to remain vigilant and to report any signs of fire to their local fire department by dialing 9-1-1.

The county is also advising residents to thoroughly prepare, especially those living in areas prone to wildfires. Among the recommended measures is having a Ready! Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan in place. This plan provides crucial evacuation and preparatory information for individuals to safely navigate the threat of wildfires. To assist residents, informational resources and how-to videos are available for download at the county's fire department website.

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) also loom as a possibility for residents, as utility companies may be forced to temporarily cut power to prevent the sparking of fires during elevated weather conditions. The county's announcement encourages everyone to prepare for such eventualities and to seek additional information from their local utility companies. "Prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs," stressed the official bulletin, highlighting the critical nature of these preemptive actions for reducing wildfire risks.