The National Fire Weather Service has reported a Red Flag Warning for all of the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties from 5 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. In the Santa Monica Mountains Malibu area, the Red Flag will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Friday, with the strongest Northwest gusty winds up to 55 m.p.h. and low relative humidities possibly reaching the single digits. Coastal area temperatures are expected within the high 80′s and low 90′s between Thursday and Friday.
While the winds are expected to subside on Friday, very warm temperatures and low humidities will continue and Red Flag Warnings may need to be extended over part or all areas of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties into the weekend.
Red Flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:
- Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus call Public Safety at (310) 506-4441. At all other locations report smoke by calling 911.
- Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
- Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
Pepperdine Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires. Additional information regarding Red Flag warnings and Pepperdine’s wildfire response plans is available on the University’s Emergency Information Page, http://emergency.pepperdine.edu, and in the Emergency Preparedness Guide found in WaveNet beginning on page 14.