South state temperature records set amid fire dan­ger

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s mid­win­ter heat wave broke or tied more temperature records Mon­day as gusty Santa Ana winds and low hu­mid­ity lev­els el­e­vated fire dan­ger while bring­ing sum­mer­like con­di­tions to beaches.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said Long Beach Air­port reached 91 de­grees, top­pling the 1992 record of 83 for the date.

Other records also fell for a sec­ond day as un­sea­son­able heat baked the re­gion un­der the in­flu­ence of high pres­sure that spawned pow­er­ful, dry and warm winds blow­ing off­shore.

Fire­fight­ers were on alert through­out the week­end as crit­i­cal fire weather con­di­tions de­vel­oped.

Shortly af­ter 3 a.m., Los An­ge­les County fire­fight­ers re­sponded to brush fire that threat­ened struc­tures in Mal­ibu.

Evac­u­a­tions were quickly or­dered in the area be­fore the blaze was con­tained to about 2.5 acres (1 hectare). The cause of the fire re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Winds, how­ever, were fad­ing and me­te­o­rol­o­gists said a red flag warn­ing for fire dan­ger would be called off Mon­day evening.

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