Wind-related incidents have kept Santa Clarita Valley officials busy Friday.
“There have been more than 15 wind-related incidents since midnight,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“If there’s down power lines, we ask that residents immediately call 9-1-1,” he added.
The incident reports included downed power lines, multiple trees blocking the roadway and even a shopping cart flying down Bouquet Canyon Road during morning rush hour traffic, Dubin said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department changed its staffing plan in response to the National Weather Service red-flag wind warning Thursday.
The redflag warning will be in effect for the Los Angeles County and Ventura mountains starting Thursday at 9 p.m. through about 8 a.m. Sunday.
Gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity can be expected for most of Los Angeles County from Friday until Sunday morning.
Extreme wind gusts are expected in the mountain areas, as well as the coastal and valley areas, which will result in a high fire danger throughout Los Angeles County.
In response to the increased fire danger, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby has ordered additional staffing and pre-deployment of resources throughout Los Angeles County.
There were also numerous false calls with residential burglary alarms, Dubin said, and many of these can be prevented.
“It’s very important that during windy condition you lock your doors and secure them,” Dubin said, mentioning how a gust of wind can sometimes blow an unsecured door wide open or set off an alarm.
In addition, local Fire Department officials offered several reminders to citizens in brush areas to take appropriate precautions:
Report any sign of smoke immediately to your local fire department by dialing 911. (If you dial 911 from your cellphone, know your location.)
Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement at 661-255-1121.
Use extreme caution when operating spark or flame producing machinery in hazardous grass or brush areas.
If you live in a brush area, you should have a Wildfire Action Plan in place.
Be familiar with the Ready! Set! Go! Program that provides important pre-planning and evacuation information to residents.
For more information, log on to www.fire.lacounty.gov.