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July 5, 2007
The National Weather Service announced earlier this week a red flag warning would be in effect in the Angeles National Forest until at least 6 p.m. today (Thursday, July 5). The warning is due to winds, with gusts expected to be up to 50 miles per hour in the forest. The strongest winds were expected between sundown and sunrise. A red flag warning indicates there are critical fire weather conditions simultaneously. According to a National Weather Service spokeswoman, there are three conditions that call for a red flag warning.
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By Jennifer Berry | September 23, 2004
High winds and low humidity make for pleasant weather but are a cause for concern for fire and forest personnel, as they create ideal conditions for wildfires. Due to such conditions this week, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Tuesday morning for much of the Los Angeles area, including La Cañada Flintridge. "We've increased our staffing throughout the county," said Van Mark Madrigal, the Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief for Battalion 4, which includes stations 19 and 82 in La Cañada and station 63 in La Crescenta.
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By Geghard Arakelian and Jennifer Berry | October 6, 2005
Fire danger continues to be high, as the National Weather Service extended its red flag warning for Los Angeles County mountains, including Angeles National Forest, until 8 p.m. tomorrow. NWS extended the red flag warning because of low levels of humidity and high Santa Ana winds, expecting 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts to blow through mountain passes. The danger of a brush fire sparking up is at its peak during red flag days, said Glendale Fire Department Capt. Bill Lynch. The red flag warning comes at the heels of two fires that charred acres of dry chaparral near Chatsworth and Burbank.
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By Jake Armstrong | September 2, 2004
Firefighters quickly knocked down a brush fire Wednesday in La Cañada Flintridge, the same week as high temperatures and low humidity prompted National Weather Service officials to issue a red-flag fire warning for mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The blaze that broke out at 4 p.m. behind a residence at 5326 Palm Drive burned about an eighth of an acre before it was extinguished minutes later. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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By Geghard Arakelian | November 3, 2005
With temperatures getting higher and Santa Ana winds picking up, the sudden rainfall in previous weeks has not changed the fact that this is wildfire season, said Los Angeles County fire officials. "It's still pretty reasonable as far as the possibility for us to have a brush fire," said Capt. Adrian Murrieta, who works in fire station 82 in La Cañada Flintridge. "All you need is a couple days of winds." A yearly fire season comes in between the early fall and late winter.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 2, 2007
On Wednesday the fire danger level on the Angeles National Forest in La Cañada's backyard was raised from "very high" to "extreme." This is the highest national level, but the fifth in a six-level program for Angeles National Forest, with the highest being "critical." The decision to move to the extreme level is based upon several variables including the amount of vegetation, fire resources and moisture. "It is not just determined by moisture," said Sherry Rollman, spokeswoman for USDA Forest Service.
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By Zain Shauk and Veronica Rocha | September 1, 2009
The raging Station fire tore through another 16,000 acres overnight and has now consumed nearly 20% of the Angeles National Forest as it continues to expand in all directions, with flames moving toward La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Glendale, authorities said early Tuesday. The blaze has now burned 121,762 acres of the 650,000-acre Angeles National Forest and remained just 5% contained, officials said. A moderate jump in humidity levels helped to slow the fire, which had doubled in size in recent nights and now stretches about 20 miles north and south between Altadena and Acton and about 25 miles east and west as it stretches toward the Antelope Valley (14)
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By Megan O’Neil | February 4, 2010
Motorists will need to check and re-check streets signs before parking their vehicles in La Cañada Flintridge, as the City Council Monday passed a package of parking restrictions designed to ease emergency vehicle access on several arterial streets. The restrictions, born out of the city’s comprehensive evacuation plan, are twofold. City Council members voted first to approve the concept of an emergency parking restriction policy and directed staff to develop a corresponding ordinance.
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 10, 2007
Firefighters are warning that because of dry conditions this years fire season will continue throughout the summer. Due to the recent high, dry winds, record setting temperatures and lack of moisture residents can expect more red flag warnings in and around Angeles National Forest. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, the National Weather Service released a "watch"; by 4 p.m. the same day that watch turned into a red flag warning which, as of press deadline had been extended to 9 p.m. today (Thursday)
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 23, 2008
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a red flag warning for San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys through Saturday night. Winds are predicted to be sustained at 15 to 30 miles per hour, with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Not as strong as last weekend’s but still strong enough, said Todd Morris of NOAA. “We have augmented staffing,” said Stephanie English, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. That means that Battalion Four in the La Cañada-La Crescenta area has a strike team standing by with five engines ready to respond.
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By Geghard Arakelian and Jennifer Berry | October 6, 2005
Fire danger continues to be high, as the National Weather Service extended its red flag warning for Los Angeles County mountains, including Angeles National Forest, until 8 p.m. tomorrow. NWS extended the red flag warning because of low levels of humidity and high Santa Ana winds, expecting 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts to blow through mountain passes. The danger of a brush fire sparking up is at its peak during red flag days, said Glendale Fire Department Capt. Bill Lynch. The red flag warning comes at the heels of two fires that charred acres of dry chaparral near Chatsworth and Burbank.
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By Jennifer Berry | September 23, 2004
High winds and low humidity make for pleasant weather but are a cause for concern for fire and forest personnel, as they create ideal conditions for wildfires. Due to such conditions this week, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Tuesday morning for much of the Los Angeles area, including La Cañada Flintridge. "We've increased our staffing throughout the county," said Van Mark Madrigal, the Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief for Battalion 4, which includes stations 19 and 82 in La Cañada and station 63 in La Crescenta.
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