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Windier, warmer: A recipe for fire

Gusts could top 40 mph this evening, National Weather Service predicts

Posted: October 12, 2008 6:05 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

An aircraft drops a load of water on a wildfire, in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday. The blaze threatened homes in the vicinity of Kagel and Lopez canyons.

A red flag warning remains in effect in Los Angeles County until Tuesday evening with wind gust to top 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning and impending weather aren’t reason for concern for some Santa Clarita residents.

“I don’t worry about it,” Jack Goodman said. He was in SCV during the 2007 wildfires which occurred during a Santa Ana wind event. As the wind swept through the Pavilion’s parking lot in Valencia and blew through Goodman’s hair, he said, he doesn’t pay much attention to wind advisories.

The high winds prompted Los Angeles County Fire to schedule more personnel and equipment during the weekend, said Luke Claus, assistant fire chief. The extra equipment came in handy as county fire jumped into action battling blazes small and large all over the county, he said.

A small brush fire in Leona Valley near Bouquet Canyon Road burned five acres. The fire started at 3:37 p.m., and firefighters knocked down the brush blaze by 4:45 p.m. The fire didn’t damage any structures, according to a county fire official.

Trees danced in the wind Sunday as winds continued to punish the area. Smoke from 750-acre Marek fire was not visible to most Santa Clarita Valley residents, but they were conscious of the fire burning just miles away.
“I saw it on my way to church,” Dawna Joyner said. The billowing smoke from the Marek fires did little to stoke the memories of the 2007 wildfires, she said.

“I probably should be concerned, but I don’t really worry about it,” Joyner said.

More than 1,000 fire personnel battled the Marek fire from the ground and in the air. Two SuperScoopers on lease from the Canadian government deployed from Van Nuys Airport and doused the fire. As of 3:28 p.m.

The 750-acre fire consumed two homes and three outbuildings and was 20 percent contained.


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