The red flag warnings issued from the National Weather Service office in Oxnard give the media a fact to report, but the status doesn't really mean much. Fire weather: OK. But when the Los Angeles Fire Department separately puts up its red flag, thousands who live in the city's hillsides and canyons are affected. Move your car off the streets in posted areas, or risk an expensive ticket and possibly get towed — even if there is no threat of fire anywhere in the city. And you know what decades of towing industry influence at City Hall means: getting your wheels out of impound costs a lot, compliments of your City Council member.
So know this: the LAFD has declared Thursday a red flag day as of 8 a.m. Santa Ana winds are expected to blow through the area and push temps up — and humidity down.