L.A. of­fer­ing ‘cool­ing cen­ters’ amid heat wave

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @JosephSerna Times staff writer Matt Hamil­ton con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures that stoked a wild­fire near Cas­taic Lake and else­where in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia con­tin­ued to rise Mon­day and will peak Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

In Lan­caster, a 56-yearold record was bro­ken Mon­day when tem­per­a­tures climbed to 110 de­grees.

The heat is ex­pected to reach up to 110 de­grees Tues­day, me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tom Fisher said. In­land ar­eas from L.A. to San Luis Obispo coun­ties were ex­pected to see tem­per­a­tures from 100 to 110 de­grees, weather of­fi­cials said.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti an­nounced that more than a dozen “cool­ing cen­ters” will be open un­til 10 p.m. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

“Ev­ery­one in Los An­ge­les should have a place to go for re­lief from these scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures — and that can be es­pe­cially crit­i­cal for the youngest among us and older An­ge­lenos with­out air­con­di­tion­ing,” he said.

The heat is part of a sys­tem com­monly re­ferred to as the “Four Cor­ners High,” a high-pres­sure sys­tem that set­tles over the desert South­west near the Four Cor­ners and spreads smoth­er­ing heat from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia to Ne­vada and as far east as cen­tral Texas, Fisher said. The Four Cor­ners is the area where Ari­zona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado meet.

An on­shore breeze is keep­ing tem­per­a­tures rel­a­tively cooler along the Cal­i­for­nia coast. Tem­per­a­tures will hover in the 80s down­town and will be even cooler the closer you are to the beach, Fisher said. Tem­per­a­tures in the high desert are about 15 de­grees above av­er­age, he said, with the heat wave ex­pected to cool a few de­grees each day start­ing Wed­nes­day.

That’s not the case in Sacra­mento Val­ley. The weather ser­vice es­ti­mates that triple dig­its there could last till Satur­day. The record for con­sec­u­tive days of triple-digit heat there is 11, set in 2006, the weather ser­vice said.

In the mean­time, the heat is dry­ing out grass and brush that sprouted up and grew amid the wettest win­ter in years in Cal­i­for­nia.

Near Big Bear, fire­fight­ers bat­tled an 850-acre wild­fire that erupted Mon­day af­ter­noon and swiftly burned through grass and cha­parral. As of Mon­day night, no evac­u­a­tions were or­dered, but camp­grounds in the area were closed.

Over the week­end, Los An­ge­les County fire­fight­ers bat­tled a fast-grow­ing brush fire near Cas­taic Lake.

Two small struc­tures were de­stroyed and about 800 acres have burned, au­thor­i­ties said. The so-called Lake fire was 78% con­tained Mon­day night.

Crews spent the day mop­ping up hot spots and build­ing con­tain­ment lines to keep the fire from spread­ing. The fire is not ex­pected to grow.

In River­side County over the week­end, fire­fight­ers tack­led a 10-acre brush fire near Beau­mont, a 40-acre fire near Moreno Val­ley and a 20-acre blaze just north of Lake Elsi­nore.

In San Bernardino County, crews re­ported 70% con­tain­ment on the Zer­matt fire near Wright­wood, which con­sumed 11 acres.

Chris­tian K. Lee Los An­ge­les Times

LUIGI, a pit­bull, cools down Fri­day at Ge­ne­see Av­enue Park in L.A. as a heat wave hits the South­land.

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