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UPDATE: High wind warning issued for Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: May 1, 2013 10:47 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2013 7:29 a.m.

Warm Santa Ana winds are expected to increase in the Santa Clarita Valley today, with gusts as high as 60 to 70 mph in the mountains and up to 60 mph elsewhere, National Weather Service officials said in a statement issued this morning.

Downed trees and power outages are possible in Acton and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, forecasters said in a high wind warning.

The winds are expected to continue through 5 p.m., and be accompanied by temperatures up to 87 degrees. A red flag warning for high fire danger has been issued.

Temperatures are expected to continue high through the week, reaching 89 Friday and 91 Saturday under clear skies. By Sunday temperatures are due to ease off, and a slight chance of showers is possible Sunday night.

The red flag warning is scheduled to continue through Friday night. The warning means there will be a heightened danger of fire. the Los Angeles County Fire Department deploys extra resources during red flag warnins.

Residents of brushy areas are urged to employ the following precautions during red flag warnings:

 Report any sign of smoke immediately to your local fire department by dialing 911. Be sure to know your localtion if dialing from a cellphone.

 Use extreme caution when operating spark or flame-producing machinery in brush areas.

 If living in a hazardous grass or brush area, have a Wildfire Action Plan in place. Be familiar with LACoFD’s READY! SET! GO! Program that provides important pre-planning and evacuation information to residents. Visit for more information.

 Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement.
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