By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
December 24, 2013
Santa Ana winds and warmth are occurring in Southern California, elevating the fire risk.
Winds up to 30-40 mph are expected through midweek, with the highest gusts occurring through the canyons and mountain passes of Southern California.
“Any time there is a Santa Ana, it raises the fire danger due to low relative humidity and areas of wind,” AccuWeather.com Western Forecasting Expert Ken Clark said.
Southern California is in the grips of a severe drought, so there is plenty of dry vegetation that can act as fuel for any fires that ignite. Gusty winds could fan the flames.
Through early this week, Downtown Los Angeles has only received 3.60 inches of rain in 2013, according to the National Weather Service. This may go down as the driest calendar year on record.