Gusty winds
Gusty winds. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Another round of gusty Santa Ana winds is expected to hit the Southland late Friday and into Saturday, again raising concerns about heightened wildfire conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch that will be in effect Saturday from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica mountains. The watch will be in effect from late Friday night to Saturday evening for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and the Malibu Coast.

“A moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event is expected Friday night through Saturday,” according to the NWS. “Gusty northeast winds will combined with low humidities of 12 to 20 percent may support six or more hours of critical fire weather conditions on Saturday.”

Forecasters said the mountains could get hit with northeast winds of 40 to 60 mph, with localized gusts reaching 70 mph in some peaks and canyons. The strongest winds are expected Saturday morning.

In other affected areas, winds of 30 to 50 mph are anticipated, with gusts possible up to 60 mph.

“A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are likely to occur in the coming days,” according to the NWS. “Residents near wildland interfaces should prepare now on what to do if a wildfire breaks out.”

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