Red Flag Warning Continues Through Tuesday, County Launches Disaster Hotline
Fire danger remains high as a Red Flag warning remains in effect through Tuesday for much of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties due to gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity. Damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH are likely today, with coastal and valley areas exposed to northeast winds will see gusts in the 40 to 50 MPH range.
An upper low over the four corners and building high pressure over the great basin have combined to produce dry offshore flow over the region. This morning, winds were gusting at more than 50 MPH with widespread humidity readings in the mountains and foothills falling into the teens and single digits.
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Strongest winds will be through and below the passes and canyons while winds may weaken somewhat this afternoon. Low humidity with poor overnight recoveries are expected in most areas tonight and Tuesday morning.
Gusty offshore winds and along with them, even drier conditions, are expected Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announces the activation of the 211 LA County Disaster Hotline (1-800-980-4990) for residents to report damages caused by the recent wind storm event.
As the recovery efforts continue in the Los Angeles County Operational Area (OA), OEM continues to collect Initial Damage Estimates from County departments, cities and unincorporated areas to determine public and private sector damages throughout the County. OEM will continue to coordinate with the California Emergency Management Agency to secure State and Federal assistance as warranted.
On Dec. 1, Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich declared a state of emergency for the cities and unincorporated areas in the County.
OEM stands ready to ramp up if conditions warrant. In addition, all County departments continue to prepare and be ready to respond to any future emergencies and/or disasters.