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Weekend forecast: fun in the sun

Hundreds of boats and swimmers expected at Castaic

Posted: May 21, 2009 8:30 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Veterans salute the American Flag during the 2008 Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans at Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Veterans salute the American Flag during the 2008 Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.
Veterans salute the American Flag during the 2008 Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

Cool temperatures will make Santa Clarita hot for the holiday weekend.  

The National Weather Service forecasts pleasant skies for the Memorial Day Weekend.

“Things are looking really nice, actually — Saturday, Sunday and Monday are looking mostly clear,” said Meteorologist David Gomberg, of the National Weather Service. “It’s about the right temperature for this time of year.”

Beautiful weekend weather will push many people to Castaic Lake.

“We’re looking at one of our busiest days,” said Erik Reifman, superintendent for Castaic Lake Recreational Area.

Veteran employees of Castaic Lake Recreation Area don’t expect boat traffic to clog the lake this weekend, said Ralph Searcy, supervising lake lifeguard at Castaic Lake Recreation Area. “The busiest day will be Sunday, where we will probably meet capacity and draw 500 boats,” he said.

On Memorial Day, the lake probably won’t fill up to capacity, but on busy weekends the number of eager boaters can exceed 500 and long lines of boaters will form, he said.

Searcy’s worked at Castaic Lake for 26 years and says Memorial Day is all about swimmers.  “We should see about 5,000 swimmers during the weekend,” he said. “It all depends on the weather.”

Safety is a prime concern on Memorial Day weekend. With that in mind, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, issued some basic steps to stay safe during outdoor activities.

For those taking to the lake this weekend, always wear a life jacket. Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult and should never swim alone. Swimmers should never take to the lake under the influence of alcohol, according to a statement issued by CalFire.

Memorial Day often means people cook outdoors. CalFire wants those who choose to barbecue and grill to take some precautions during the holiday.

People planning to cook outdoors this weekend should never leave the grill unattended, according to a statement by CalFire.

The same caution goes for those camping this weekend.

CalFire advises campers to clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of the campfire. Make sure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving.

“California is a beautiful place to live and recreate in,” said Chief Del Walters, director of CalFire. “It is so important that people understand the dangers the outdoors pose. Even the simplest of steps can prevent these types of tragedies.”

Safety is also a concern for local law enforcement. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is increasing its patrols in the next few days but is expecting a calm holiday weekend.

“Well, of course we’ll be on the lookout for drunk drivers, but normally this time of year we don’t see an increase in traffic because a lot of people go away,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra.

Cambra said deputies don’t usually see an increase of drunk-driving arrests over the Memorial Day holiday, but the Sheriff’s Station does “put additional cars out there.”



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