A fire danger sign with the iconic Smokey Bear. Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control

Northeast winds — still gusty but weaker than last week — wracked the Southland Monday and humidity levels were alarmingly low as red flag warnings signifying a high risk of wildfires remained in effect for the eighth straight day in mountain, forest and valley areas of Southern California.

Monday’s Santa Ana winds in Southern California will be centered in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to a National Weather Service statement. The wind is expected to be weaker Monday than it has been, but humidity levels will vacillate between 3 and 10 percent, it said.

“As a result, critical red flag conditions will persist over most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Monday, with a chance of locally critical conditions continuing into Tuesday, especially in the valleys and mountains,” the statement said.

Red flag warnings will be in effect until 8 p.m. in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the Angeles National Forest; the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, L.A. County beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, Downtown L.A., and the Hollywood Hills.

In Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, forecasters are only expecting winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour and 20-mph gusts, but the humidity levels in those areas will be a very low 3 percent, according to an NWS statement.

The San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the Angeles National Forest, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys will experience winds of 10-20 mph, along with gusts of 35 mph and humidity levels of 5-6 percent, the NWS said.

In these conditions, “if fire ignition occurs, there will be the potential for very rapid spread of wildfire … and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a threat to life and property,” warned the NWS statement.

Red flag warnings are also in effect in Ventura and Santa Barbara but, as of early Monday morning, are no longer in force in Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies in Los Angeles County and highs of 68 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 70 on Mount Wilson; 76 in Avalon and Saugus; 83 in Woodland Hills; 84 in San Gabriel, Burbank and at LAX; and 85 in Downtown L.A., Long Beach, and Pasadena.

Sunny skies are in Orange County’s forecast, along with highs of 73 in San Clemente; 76 in Laguna Beach; 77 in Newport Beach; 83 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo; and 85 in Fullerton Anaheim and Irvine.

Temperatures will go down over the coming days but remain mild.

—City News Service

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