The dry, gusty winds that have fanned a half dozen wildfires in Southern California will continue through next week, the National Weather Service said.
Red flag conditions – a combination of extremely low relative humidity and wind speeds that indicate a serious threat if a fire were to occur – are in effect through 8 p.m. Sunday, said meteorologist Tom Fisher.
“Monday and Tuesday, things should be kind of dull, fortunately,” Fisher said.
The wind speeds expected Friday are a far cry from the hurricane-force gusts that drove a wall of fire into Ventura on Monday evening and down toward more than 100,000 residents in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County the following morning.
According to forecasters, winds ranging from 25 to 35 mph in Ventura County around the Thomas fire will continue to push the fire south and southwest with the occasional 45 mph gusts.
Winds will be even calmer inland, where they will move at 15 to 25 mph with 35 mph gusts in the San Gabriel Valley, Fisher said.
Farther south in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, winds have slowed tremendously from Monday and Tuesday, where gusts clocked in at more than 80 mph, down to between 30 and 50 mph for cities between Riverside and Palomar on Friday.
Two fires broke out in those areas Thursday afternoon and have scorched more than 4,000 acres and destroyed dozens of structures.