Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed Wednesday a red flag fire warning is still in effect throughout Los Angeles County.
The red flag warning is based on a variety of criteria ranging from temperature to humidity and wind, with the main factors being a humidity level of less than 15 percent and winds greater than 25 mph, Fire Department officials said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are planning tests to prepare for fire season -- assuming the conditions are right, officials said Tuesday. “We haven’t put any live fire on the ground due to fuel conditions,” said Inspector Tony Akins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “We have to have a burn prescription.” The Fire Department regularly conducts “controlled” or “prescribed” burns to prepare for fire season at Peter Pitchess Honor Rancho and the Del Valle Fire Training Center in Castaic, but only under certain conditions.
A dead body found in a Newhall apartment has Homicide Bureau detectives with the Sheriff’s Department investigating the scene of a burnt-out unit. Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived on scene at the 26700 block of North Oak Crossing Road in the Friendly Valley area of Canyon Country at 11:35 p.m., officials said. “Fire was dispatched at 11:25 p.m.,” said Supervisor Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “The call came in from an apartment across the street.”
Ghisan Omar Monsour, 28, of Oakland, was killed Monday night on Interstate 5 after he collided into the rear end of a tractor trailer. Hugo Torres, 34, of Inglewood, who was driving the truck, had stopped in the #3 lane because of construction.
A horse and rider fell into a ravine on Friday after an Angeles National Forest trail gave way under them, and local veterinarian Dr. Rachael Sachar was called by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to help with the rescue.
Heavy rain brings with it the potential for mudslides and flooding, especially after a long drought. Local Fire Stations are offering free sandbags to any residents wanting to protect their homes and property from adverse weather.