Flames from Gorman fire
Flames from the brush fire in Gorman earlier this week as the heat wave got under way. Courtesy OnScene.TV

The heat wave baking the Southland went into a second day Friday, bringing with it out-of-control wildfires, home evacuations and hazardous health conditions.

The National Weather Service continued to warn of hot, very dry conditions — up to 107 degrees in valley areas — with humidity levels in the single digits, and strong gusty winds. But no red flag warnings were issued.

Some blazes around the Southland burned brush as weary, hot firefighters battled to save structures and evacuation orders for homeowners were issued.

In the Angeles National Forest, crews were battling the heat as they worked to contain the Dam Fire, which erupted Thursday and burned more than 200 acres, prompting some evacuation orders.

“Dangerously hot conditions are possible, especially away from the coast, Thursday through Saturday as strong high pressure builds over the region. The hottest day is expected to be Friday, when many valley locations will see temperatures above 100 degrees,” according to the NWS. The agency advised residents to restrict outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours, wear loose, lightweight clothing of light colors, and drink plenty of fluids other than coffee or alcohol.

The warning noted that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments for people who work outdoors to guard against heat stroke.

“Also, never, ever, leave children, the elderly and pets in an enclosed car, even with the windows down during this heat,” as car interiors can rapidly become hot enough to kill, warned the NWS.

A heat advisory will be in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, and, in Orange County, in inland cities and the Santa Ana Mountains below 5,000 feet, plus the foothills. No special advisories were issued for the Antelope Valley because temperatures of 100+ there are not regarded as unusual.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a heat alert that will be in effect through Monday in the Antelope Valley, through Sunday in the western San Fernando Valley and through Saturday in the eastern San Gabriel Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley. The alert will be in effect Friday and Saturday and the eastern San Fernando Valley and on Friday in the western San Gabriel Valley.

And amid the “elevated fire danger,” the weather Service urged area residents to avoid burning trash or brush outdoors, parking vehicles on dry grass, or leaving a burning grill unattended.

Despite the heat, some coastal waters remained shrouded in fog Friday morning, dramatically reducing visibility to one nautical mile or less.

“Reduce speeds and be on the lookout for exposed rocks and other vessels, including large ships in the shipping lanes,” an NWS statement urged recreational sailors. “Use radar or GPS navigation if available, and consider remaining in harbor if such equipment is unavailable.”

Early morning fog also appeared on the roads in parts of L.A. County.

The NWS forecast sunny skies in Los Angeles and highs of 74 at LAX; 75 in Avalon; 88 in Downtown L.A.; 90 in Long Beach; 93 on Mt. Wilson; 99 in San Gabriel; 102 in Burbank; 104 in Pasadena; 107 in Saugus, Palmdale and Lancaster; and 108 in Woodland Hills. Through Tuesday, highs will be getting lower in small increments.

Orange County is forecast to be sunny Friday, with highs of 78 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 79 in San Clemente; 88 on Santiago Peak; 93 in Irvine; 94 at Fremont Canyon; 95 in Mission Viejo and on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 97 in Yorba Linda and Anaheim; and 98 in Fullerton and at Trabuco Canyon. Saturday’s temperatures will be marginally lower, and a cooldown will begin Sunday.

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