Southern California residents aren’t just in heavy traffic to deal with this Thanksgiving.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Thursday, continuing through Friday morning, indicating severe fire weather conditions.
According to forecasts, gusts could reach 70 miles per hour in parts of Southern California. The dry wind is combined with the still shaking dry earth. Decades of great drought, It can spark.
Temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees in Los Angeles and Orange County, and strong winds are expected to pass through the canyons.
Strong wind warnings have also been issued for the hills east of Santa Barbara, including Burbank, Santa Clarita and Malibu.
Winds are creating a high wildfire potential across the region, largely due to wind direction. When the wind blows from the east, it is much drier than the wind blowing from the Pacific Ocean.
Wind warnings are also scattered across other parts of the Southwest, with gusts expected to exceed 50 mph across Southern California, Arizona, and western Texas.
Residents are urged to be vigilant about anything that could cause wildfires. Safe blackouts may occur in some areas. Southern California Edison indicate.