CALIFORNIA - A vegetation fire called the "Highland Fire" has been burning since Monday, October 30th in Riverside County California. The fire is located near Aguanga, halfway between Palm Springs and Oceanside. Santa Ana winds helped to quickly spread flames, which have now burned almost 2,500 acres. Another fire known as the "Lizze Fire" near Santa Barbara also broke out in gusty winds on Monday but is now under control.
Air quality alerts remain in effect as the smoke from the Highland Fire streams down the mountains and into the LA Suburbs. If you are sensitive to air quality, spend time inside Thursday as the smoke will be thick in many spots.
The fire danger threat remains, especially around the L.A. and San Diego metros where the last few months have been dry, allowing for grasses & shrubs to burn quickly and spread in the high winds. The windy and dry pattern continues as a ridge of high pressure produces offshore winds that will race down the slopes of the mountains but the winds the rest of the week won't be as strong compared to Monday and Tuesday.