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Red Flag Fire Warning Issued, Dry Thunderstorms Possible

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Tuesday for Los Angeles County and said lightning could ignite fires in places already dried out by a recent heat wave.

The chance of dry thunderstorms and lightning throughout the region prompted the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Los Angeles County Tuesday afternoon.

The thunderstorms could accompany dry and erratic winds and the San Gabriel Mountains were identified as a "main area of concern," according to the NWS. The "isolated to scattered high based thunderstorms" could begin Tuesday night and last through Wednesday, NWS said.

"The storms will contain little in the way of rainfall and have the potential for dry lightning strikes and gusty erratic winds," the warning states. "Any dry lightning activity could result in fire starts due to the recent heat wave and very dry fuels."

Dan Crandell August 22, 2012 at 01:08 AM
During this period of possible danger all mountain roads should be closed to all but residences and emergency vehicles. People can wait for the all clear notice to visit a fire prone area, No Exceptions.
Richard Christy August 22, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm not sure, but I don't think thunderstorms will obey your road closure. Is it even possible to give a thunder cloud a ticket? I don't want to be in court when it is forced to appear before a judge.
Dan Crandell August 22, 2012 at 02:06 AM
That is funny Richard. However ... Monrovia's motor cop can catch a bolt of lighting. Nothing get's away from that guy. He'll even take it to court to see the judge.
Lana August 22, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dan, are you talking about the moto-cop who hangs out near Santa Fe mid-school? If so, I believe it!
Dan Crandell August 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Lana, that's the guy alright. His beat is anywhere in town. This guy thinks he's invincible. I have seen him, several times, moving at 45-60 mph on Foothill in pursue of something. That silly looking bike he rides sounds like a scooter so you can't hear it very well and he only hits the siren when he's on your bumper. His over-eagerness to pop someone will put him in a life changing accident someday. He's foolish at his job and many residences of this city are aware of him.
Gayle M. Montgomery August 22, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Dan, he's got a buddy in an SUV who likes to park in the red on narrow streets so that he's the traffic impediment. If you write about him on the Patch, he goes away for a bit, but like a fly, comes buzzing back. There is a reason a curb is painted red, and an SUV blocking the view is going to cause an accident.
Gayle M. Montgomery August 22, 2012 at 07:09 AM
But, back to Dan's comment about closing the roads, in Hollywood, the residents are not allowed to park on the street in extreme fire conditions so that fire trucks can get through. I haven't paid attention to the roads up top, but if there's red flag, that might be something to consider if it enhances safety.

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