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A.M. Brief: High Winds Bring Increased Fire Risk

October 26, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Palm Trees Beverly Blvd
Palm trees on Beverly Blvd. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

High winds, low humidity, possible power shutoffs, and big-time fire warnings. But hey, at least the Dodgers are just one game away from winning the World Series! Here is your Monday morning rundown.

Morning News Rundown

The National Weather Service says strong Santa Ana winds combined with low humidity bring an increased fire risk across Los Angeles and Ventura counties through at least Tuesday. Gusts of 60-80 miles per hour winds are predicted in the mountains with the valleys seeing gusts from 50-60 miles per hour. Southern California Edison is warning customers of potential power shutoffs to reduce the risk of wildfires. [ABC 7]

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A brush fire in Orange County near the intersection of Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road erupted earlier this morning, with the spread aided by gusting winds. As of 8 a.m. this morning, 50 acres had reportedly burned. [KTLA]

After a coronavirus outbreak was reported at Grace Community Church last week, the Sun Valley worship center continued with indoor services on Sunday and has plans for a Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31. The event will feature “carnival games, bounce houses, snow cones, popcorn, and more,” according to a description on the church’s website. There is no mention of safety protocols or masks. [Patch]

With their game 5 victory against the Rays last night, the Dodgers are now one win away from claiming the franchise’s first World Series title since 1988. Game 6 is Tuesday. [CBS Sports]

The Target (formerly a husk) on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood officially opened for business yesterday, marking the end of an arduous 12-year journey from conceptualization to completion. On a related note, word is that social media persona Target Husk will be transferring itself into a human on All Hallows’ Eve. [LA Mag]

For decades, the channel between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island served as a legal dumping ground for massive amounts of DDT. Even though federal laws banned the use of DDT along with the ocean dumping practice in 1972, the sunken barrels of toxic sludge continue to leak to this day. [L.A. Times]

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