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Red Flag Warning Extended In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast

A Red Flag Warning that was issued in the Santa Clarita weather forecast has been extended through Saturday, with the possibility for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) still in place.

The Red Flag Warning issued Thursday afternoon was previously expected to end Friday. However, due to continuing gusty Santa Ana Winds, the warning has been extended until 4 p.m. Saturday, said Kristen Stewart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to be out of the northeast, with speeds of around 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in parts of Santa Clarita, according to officials.

Humidity levels are also expected to remain below 10 percent causing “very dry” conditions resulting in a risk for brush fires.

Due to the low humidity levels and gusty winds, brush fires can be difficult to contain if they ignite in these conditions, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

As a result, Southern California Edison (SCE) officials have already started to shut power off to parts of Canyon Country and Agua Dulce, according to SCE’s website.

Parts of Castaic and Val Verde are currently being monitored for potential PSPS, and are expected to be monitored until Wednesday at midnight, according to SCE.

To see an up-to-date map of areas being affected by the PSPS, click here.

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Red Flag Warning Extended In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast

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  1. As I have said before the local power lines are required to withstand wind gusts exceeding 50mph. I f SCE is so worried about their local lines causing a fire they need to continue strengthening those lines; areas that have either underground or updated lines – such as most of Acton and Aqua Dulce should not be under any consideration for a PSPS event. This is getting ridiculous. The few fires that have been caused by SCE equipment has been either at the High Voltage lines & towers or the substations where there have been equipment malfunctions. Those have nothing to do with the local lines providing power to our homes and businesses. Maybe they figure they can get away with turning off power on monday since its a federal holiday.

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Louie was born and raised in Santa Clarita. At the age of two Louie lost his vision due to a brain tumor. However, Louie doesn't let blindness stop him from doing what ever it is he wants to accomplish. Growing up some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, fishing and riding bikes. Louie graduated from College of the Canyon in December of 2017, with a Broadcast Journalism degree. Growing up Louie has always wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer, but because of his blindness Louie knew that wouldn't work. Louie has always loved listening to police and fire radio traffic, using a scanner, and he figured if he was going to listen to the scanner so much, he should do something with it.