Red flag warnings extended as winds behind 4 wildfires gain strength – Orange County Register

LA City firefighters put out hot spots in the Skirball Fire on a canyon along Linda Flora Drive in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.<br />(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES — The Santa Ana winds behind four major wildfires in Southern California this week will gain strength today, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Red flag warnings denoting the high risk of wildfires were initially scheduled to expire Thursday evening, but that target was later pushed back to Friday night, and on Wednesday afternoon it was delayed once more — this time to Saturday evening.

“An extended moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event will continue over much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through at least Saturday,” according to an NWS statement.

“The winds are expected to strengthen again overnight (this morning) through Thursday with 18 to 24 hours of strong winds gusting to 50 to 75 miles per hour. This is a significant period,” it added. The wind had been gusting generally at between 35 and 55 mph.

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