RED FLAG WARNING & AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT

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Because of the wind, high temperatures and low humidity, a Red Flag Warning for fire danger is in effect for all mountain areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including Malibu, through Friday at 10 p.m. Also, due to the recent fires, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued an air quality advisory for parts of Los Angeles County, including Malibu.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department encourages those living in brush areas to be observant of potential fire danger. It offers the following advice:

-Report any sign of smoke immediately to your local fire department by dialing 911 (If you dial 911 from your cellular phone, you MUST know your location)

-Use extreme caution when operating spark or flame producing machinery in hazardous grass or brush areas.

-Have an evacuation plan in place and identify two exit routes from your neighborhood. If you are asked to evacuate by fire or police officials, do so immediately.

-Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement.

—Jonathan Friedman