Starting Thursday morning, winds are expected to start increasing with the strongest winds expected Thursday evening, said Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS).

“We are expecting northeast winds to develop earlier Thursday morning over the mountains down into the valley,” Boldt said.

Winds are expected to reach gusts of 35 to 45 mph during the day, according to Boldt.

Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat
Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat

“Humidity levels will drop down into the teens. It is likely we will have some fire concerns,” Boldt said.

After sunset on Thursday, officials with the National Weather Service are predicting that winds will be at their peak with gusts reaching 60 mph in the mountains, according to Boldt.

“These are the kinds of winds that can cause tree damage and damage to power lines,” Boldt said.

Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat
Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat

By Friday, winds are expected to decrease, however, humidity levels are expected to drop even lower into the single digits, which can result in brush fires rapidly spreading if they ignite, according to officials.

As of Tuesday afternoon, officials are putting a fire watch into place, however, by Thursday the watch is possible to become a Red Flag Warning, according to Boldt.

By next week, temperatures are expected to be warmer than usual with “very low” humidity resulting in high fire danger staying in place, according to Boldt.

Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat
Gusty Santa Ana Winds In Santa Clarita Weather Forecast Raise Brush Fire Threat

Officials with Southern California Edison are discussing the possibilities of conducting Public Safety Power Shutoffs, (PSPS) in certain areas of Santa Clarita due to the high winds in the mountains, according to the agency.

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