When you think about it, our feet are pretty amazing. For most, they're an unfaltering foundation - two shock absorbers we rely on daily to hold our weight and propel us through life. Comprised of dozens of bones and hundreds of ligaments, muscles, and tendons, the average person's feet take a fair beating every day - on average, people stand for about four hours every day and take around 5K steps as well. Because your feet are smaller than most other parts of your body, they endure an enormous impact with each step, adding up to hundreds of tons of weight daily.
Strangely, when our feet, ankles, or toes begin to hurt, we do our best to ignore the pain and push through the day. We even give up sports and outdoor activities that we love. Unfortunately, ignoring pain and delaying treatment will further damage your feet and, by proxy, your whole body.
If you're living with foot and ankle pain or have given up on fun activities like hiking and jogging, it's time to change. Why sacrifice a life full of outdoor activities in our beautiful part of the world when you can visit an expert podiatrist in Temecula, CA?
Welcome to North County Foot and Ankle - where men and women just like you get new leases on life through some of the most advanced podiatric treatments available in California. With more than 50 years of combined experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle problems, our pioneering doctors have helped hundreds of people reclaim their love of walking, jogging, and life in general.
What makes North County Foot and Ankle stand out from other foot and ankle doctors in Temecula? Unlike some foot doctors, our podiatrists work with a client-first mentality. When you walk through our front doors, the time you spend in our office is all about you. We believe in a strong physician-patient relationship fortified by one-on-one attention and honest communication.
Before offering foot pain treatment options, we perform a thorough evaluation, taking into account your individual needs, goals, and preferences. Once that's done, we'll discuss your treatment options in detail and come to a mutual decision regarding the best treatment plan for you.
Whether you have a minor hangnail or need complex surgery, you will receive the same level of compassionate care from our medical team. As board-certified podiatrists in Temecula, our doctors are proud to treat you. You can rest easy knowing they will take the time to explain what's causing your foot pain, what treatments are best suited to your problem, and what steps you should take after treatment.
And while our podiatrists are uniquely qualified to perform surgery, we often recommend non-surgical options, using treatments like orthotics to relieve foot, arch, and heel pain. From sports injuries and bunions to gout and blisters, we're here to help you live life to the fullest without nagging, debilitating foot pain.
Patients visit our foot clinic in Temecula, CA, for many podiatric problems, including:
If you're dealing with chronic foot pain or are concerned about a long-lasting symptom that affects your daily life, we're here to help. Unsure if you need to call to make an appointment? These symptoms are often signs that you might need to visit our foot and ankle doctors:
Most people over 40 know that strange body aches and pains become more common with age. The same can be said with our feet. As we get older, our feet usually spread out and lose the fatty pads that help cushion our feet. If you're overweight, the ligaments and bones in your feet also take an extra beating. Also, with age, foot abnormalities that you were born with become more pronounced, as the joints in your feet lose flexibility and become rigid. To make matters worse, the skin covering your feet dries out, resulting in more cuts, scrapes, and infections.
It's clear that we endure more foot pain as we get older, but what kind of foot pain should we be most concerned about? It can be hard to tell - pain from what looks like normal bruising may actually be a sign that something more serious is occurring. That's why we're listing some of the most common symptoms of serious foot problems. That way, you're better educated and have a better shot at figuring out whether you need a simple bag of ice or a visit to your podiatrist in Temecula, CA.
When you sprain your foot or ankle or suffer an acute injury, it's normal for your foot to swell up. This type of swelling typically goes down after 48 hours have passed. However, if you hurt your foot and the swelling is severe and doesn't go away after a couple of days, it's cause for concern. Persistent swelling often indicates an ankle or foot injury that needs podiatric care.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you notice persistent swelling of any kind on your body, it's wise to see a doctor. Ankle swelling, in particular, could be a warning sign that a blood clot or heart issue is present.
It's normal for your foot or ankle to "smart" after you stub your toe or twist your ankle. However, if you're experiencing ongoing ankle and foot pain, it's probably not normal. The pain doesn't have to be sharp, either - if you have dull pain, tenderness, or weakness that lasts more than two days, a trip to the foot doctor may be in order.
Minor ankle and foot injuries, like sprains, are quite common. When a sprain happens, it's normal to experience some instability or weakness afterward. Chronic instability, however, is a more serious problem. Long-term instability or weakness may signify torn ligaments or something worse. If you've had trouble standing or walking for a long time, it's best to make an appointment at a foot clinic in Temecula.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: Podiatric experts like those at North County Foot and Ankle may have a long-term solution to help reclaim your mobility without surgery. Give our office call today to learn more!
Stiffness is a normal symptom that should be expected with sprains, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. Often, you can alleviate such stiffness with rest, weight loss, stretching, or even new shoes. With that said, if you're experiencing ongoing stiffness, it could be a red flag that something more serious is going on.
When you've been sitting for a long time, you may have noticed a popping sound from your feet when you stand. That sound is perfectly normal. So long as it's painless, you've got nothing to worry about. However, if you feel pain when you hear a popping noise, it could indicate a subluxation or dislocation, which are conditions that require a podiatrist's attention.
If you're not sure whether you should be concerned about a painful foot or ankle symptom, give our clinic in Temecula a call ASAP. Our helpful technicians can help answer your questions and set up a time for you to speak with one of our friendly podiatrists.
Here are just a few of the typical foot problems we treat daily.
Do you have intense heel pain that appears when you first stand up, only for it to disappear after a few steps? If so, you could be one of the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is most often caused by an inflamed ligament covering bones on the bottom of your feet. Also called "Policeman's Heel," this painful condition is a common reason for heel pain, but it won't go away on its own.
Almost all cases of plantar fasciitis will get better with easy, non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes. A good place to start is by refraining from activities or sports that cause pain, like jogging, hiking, running, or aerobic exercises.
Common treatment options at North County Foot and Ankle include:
Orthotic shoe inserts provide you with the arch support that your feet need, especially with shoes like women's flats that don't have much foot support. We also recommend wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you're enjoying, like hiking boots on your favorite trail and running shoes on the street or track.
Stretching regularly with gentle exercises can help prevent plantar fasciitis and stop flare-ups. Stretching your calves, specifically, reduces heel pain effectively. After you schedule an appointment at our foot clinic in Temecula, one of our doctors can explain the proper exercises in more detail.
Wearing a brace or splint while you sleep will keep your plantar fascia stretched. That way, when you wake up and take your first steps of the day, you shouldn't have as much pain because your plantar fascia won't have a chance to tighten up overnight.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you're still struggling with plantar fasciitis after using orthotics, treatments like orthobiologics, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may be more effective.
Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot maladies in the United States. Though common, ingrown toenails can be painful, resulting in swelling, bleeding, pus, and more. Various factors cause ingrown toenails, such as heredity, trauma, hygiene, nail conditions, and improper trimming. Thankfully, with the help of an expert, most ingrown toenails can be treated at home or in a podiatrist's office.
Ingrown toenails happen when the corners and sides of your toenails grow and eventually dig into the flesh around your nail. Most often occurring on the big toe, ingrown toenails become a serious concern when they are left untreated or when an infection is involved. To determine whether your ingrown toenail needs an evaluation by a foot doctor in Temecula, CA, keep an eye out for initial symptoms and infection symptoms:
To help prevent infection, try cutting your nails in a straight line, and don't cut them too short. Do not cut your nails to match the shape of your toe.
When your toenail becomes ingrown, you need doctors with real expertise in diagnosing and treating foot problems. At North County Foot and Ankle, our doctors are highly qualified to treat the underlying conditions causing your ingrown toenail. That way, you can enjoy long-term relief and also learn the ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future.
If you have a bony bump near the bottom joint of your big toe, chances are it's a bunion. Bunions are deformities on your feet that are formed when your front foot bones become misaligned. When this happens, the misaligned bones cause the top half of your big toe to point inward toward your second toe. From there, your tendons will tighten, which pulls your toe even further inward. Once your toe is pulled more inward, the bottom joint of your big toe will bulge outward. The bulge you see is actually what we refer to as a bunion.
Without treatment, your toe pain can worsen, and the bunion can grow. Painful swelling in the balls of your feet can also cause hammertoe. Hammertoe happens your second toe is bent out of shape by your misaligned big toe.
Luckily, North County Foot and Ankle is California's go-to clinic for bunion treatment in Temecula, CA. Our highly-trained doctors can stop these uncomfortable conditions from happening and help prevent worse conditions from developing.
Jason Morris, a board-certified podiatric foot surgeon in Temecula, CA, is one of the top podiatrists in the greater San Diego area and has successfully treated patients with bunions for over ten years. He offers advanced treatments for bunion pain, such as:
Our hand-made orthotics, which are worn in your shoes, are molded to fit your foot exactly, correcting bone misalignments and relieving pain much better than cookie-cutter, store-bought options.
Drs. Morris and Redkar performs state-of-the-art triplanar correction surgery using 3-D digital imaging and a minimal incision approach. This procedure is very effective and works by rotating misaligned big toe bones back to the proper position. Once your toe bones are back in position, a metal plate is attached to your bones so that they remain aligned over long-term use.
Drs. Morris and Redkar may recommend both surgery and custom orthotics to keep your foot pain-free and your bunion from growing back.
If you’ve been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Escondido help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. Both are highly qualified and recipients of prestigious awards.
Featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s prestigious Top Doctors list of 2021, Dr. Avanti Redkar is a board-certified podiatrist that specializes in foot and ankle pathology. Dr. Redkar earned her undergrad degree in biology at the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in nutrition at SUNY Buffalo. She attended podiatry school at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her three-year surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, included foot and rearfoot surgery, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine training. Dr. Redkar also completed a one-year fellowship in sports medicine and ankle reconstruction.
After a rigorous three-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Jason Morris, DPM, moved to sunny California to practice podiatric medicine. Once there, Dr. Morris worked as an attending physician at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Since relocating to the Escondido area, he has been a staff physician at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Poway. Dr. Morris is a podiatric foot and ankle specialist with board certification in rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgery. Dr. Morris has undergone extensive training in sports medicine, ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive surgery.
If you've been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Temecula help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. From minor bunion treatments to complex issues like foot fractures, every treatment option we consider is chosen with your best interest in mind.
Our podiatrists are members of several professional organizations, including:
If more conservative treatments are better for your condition, non-surgical solutions like custom orthotics may be the best route. If you need ankle or foot surgery, our podiatrists will complete your procedure with time-tested skill and precision. Because, at the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with the most effective foot and ankle pain solutions with the quickest recovery options available.
Contact us online or via phone today to schedule an appointment at our Temecula office. By tomorrow, you'll be one step closer to loving life without foot or ankle pain.
One firefighter was injured in the battle to contain the blaze that was still threatening more than 2,300 structures. |Updated Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 8:12 pm PTMore than 1,100 personnel on the ground and in the air are assigned to the blaze — now 10% contained — burning in the unincorporated community of Aguanga, according to a Tuesday night update from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department."The fire growth throughout the day was minimal; however, easterly winds continued and are forecast to remain i...
|Updated Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 8:12 pm PT
More than 1,100 personnel on the ground and in the air are assigned to the blaze — now 10% contained — burning in the unincorporated community of Aguanga, according to a Tuesday night update from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.
"The fire growth throughout the day was minimal; however, easterly winds continued and are forecast to remain in the area through Thursday evening, which have the potential to continue pushing the fire in a west/southwest direction," the fire department reported. "Current and expected weather of steady winds with low relative humidity may increase the risk of erratic fire behavior."
An evacuation warning was also issued for the following areas:
NOTE: Check https://linktr.ee/calfirerru for the latest on evacuation orders and warnings.
A care and reception center was established at Great Oak High School, 32555 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, for those evacuated from their homes.
San Jacinto Animal Shelter opened for large and small animals at 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto.
The blaze was reported about 12:40 p.m. Monday in the area of Highlands and Aguanga Ranchos roads, near the junction for Highways 79 and 371, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.
No injuries were reported as of 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Multiple engine and hand crews from the county, Corona Fire Department, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and other departments were sent to the location and initially encountered flames moving at a moderate rate to the west.
The fire is being attacked on the ground and from the air.
Tankers trying to make a few last drops before dark. #highlandfire #aguangaca pic.twitter.com/09QBRQeKjB— FirePhotoGirl (@FirePhotoGirl) October 31, 2023
More than 300 firefighters are battling the blaze.
Several scattered residences were in the path of the flames, officials said.
The fire started on or near a residential property.
The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.
Jojoba Hills RV Resort - Night water dropping helicopter is working in this area. #calfire #highlandfire pic.twitter.com/CkgWz1h3bO— FirePhotoGirl (@FirePhotoGirl) October 31, 2023
Check back for updates.
Another fire burned south of Temecula in Rancho Bernardo Monday afternoon. That blaze affected northbound Interstate 15 rush-hour traffic. Read more here.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton also reported a blaze Monday afternoon that sent smoke across the region. Shortly before 7 p.m., base officials said the non-injury fire was fully contained and no structures were damaged.
AGUANGA, CA — A wildfire that burned nearly 2,500 acres and damaged properties in Aguanga remained active Wednesday but was barely budging, prompting a reduction in Cal Fire air crews orbiting the fire zone and a restoration of electricity that had been turned off for public safety at the height of the blaze.Related: Inferno In Photos: SoCal Windstorm Contributes To Swi...
AGUANGA, CA — A wildfire that burned nearly 2,500 acres and damaged properties in Aguanga remained active Wednesday but was barely budging, prompting a reduction in Cal Fire air crews orbiting the fire zone and a restoration of electricity that had been turned off for public safety at the height of the blaze.
Related: Inferno In Photos: SoCal Windstorm Contributes To Swift-Burning Fire
The brush fire, which erupted about 12:40 p.m. Monday in the area of Highlands and Aguanga Ranchos roads, near the junction of Highways 79 and 371, was holding at 2,487 acres, with 15% containment as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
A public safety power shutoff -- during which transmission lines are de-energized -- requested by fire personnel during the first hours of the brusher along Highway 79 ended at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials at the scene. However, about 115 Southern Calfornia Edison customers remained without electricity in the area, according to the utility.
Around noon Wednesday, all Cal Fire air tankers and the "air attack" operations coordinator departed the area, returning to Hemet-Ryan Airport, with flames largely confined within the acreage where tankers had dropped fire retardant since Monday. One Cal Fire helicopter was standing by to make targeted drops at the request of ground personnel, according to reports from the scene.
The National Weather Service forecast winds between 15 and 20 mph early Wednesday afternoon, but it was unknown how much impact they'd have. Winds were expected to be light and variable during the evening hours.
"The fire behavior overnight was minimal, with some minor creeping and smoldering observed," according to a fire department statement. "Easterly winds are forecast to continue in the area through Thursday evening, which have the potential to push the fire in a southwest direction. Firefighters will continue constructing hand line around the perimeter."
The agency said firefighters were trying to stamp out flames in "extremely steep and rugged terrain."
As of Wednesday morning, nine structures, including three homes, were either damaged or destroyed by the brusher. One firefighter injury was reported, but no details were immediately available.
RELATED: 3 Families Lose Everything In The Highland Fire: How To Help
Roughly 4,000 residents were under evacuation orders or warnings. A care and reception center was established for evacuees at Great Oak High School in Temecula. Residents with large and small pets were invited to drop them at the San Jacino Valley Animal Campus for safekeeping.
Evacuation orders were in place:-- south of Sage Road, north of Cottonwood Creek, between Becker Lane and Boulder Vista;-- south of Highway 371, west of Sorenson Road and north of San Diego County Line Road;-- north of David Street, south of Pueblo Road, between Vail Lake Resort and Shirley Way; and-- south of Highway 79, north of the San Diego County line, between Forest Route 8S07 and Crosley Truck Trail.
Evacuation warnings were in place:-- west of the Cahuilla Tribal Reservation boundary and north of County Line Road; and-- north of Cleveland National Forest, south of Watts Road and Avenida Bravura, between De Portola Road and Round Top Canyon Road.
As of Wednesday morning, about 1,000 firefighters were working to shore up containment lines.
Road closures remained in effect Wednesday on Highway 79 from Vail Lake to the San Diego County line; Sage Road from Highway 79 to Wilson Valley Road; Wilson Valley Road, from Sage Road to Highway 371; and Highway 371, from Highway 79 to Wilson Valley Road.
The blaze started near a residence, but the exact cause was under investigation.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Tuesday issued a wildfire smoke advisory due to the blaze, nothing that winds have been pushing the smoke toward Temecula and San Clemente. The air-quality agency urged residents in affected areas to limit their exposure by staying indoors with windows and doors closed, running air conditions or air purifiers and avoiding vigorous outdoor physical activity. Residents were also told to avoid using swamp coolers or whole-house fans that bring in outside air.
Inferno In Photos: SoCal Windstorm Contributes To Swift-Burning Fire
The bi-annual guide highlights the many classes, events and programs offered throughout the city of Temecula.Patch StaffPress release from the City of Temecula:October 25, 2023The City of Temecula Community Services Department is proud to announce that the Winter / Spring 2024Guide to Leisure Activities is currently being mailed out to residents and i...
Press release from the City of Temecula:
October 25, 2023
The City of Temecula Community Services Department is proud to announce that the Winter / Spring 2024Guide to Leisure Activities is currently being mailed out to residents and is now available online! The Guide will also be available at select City of Temecula facilities. This bi-annual Guide highlights the many classes, events, and programs offered throughout the City of Temecula. Registration for classes opens on MON, NOV 6, 2023, at 8:00 am. To browse content and to access or create an account, please visit TemeculaCA.gov/TCSD.
Signature Winter events return, beginning with Santa’s Arrival at Pennypickle’s Workshop; Christmas Tree Lighting; Santa’s Electric Light Parade; Temecula on Ice Skating Rink; and the very popular, New Year’s Eve Grape Drop! There are many more opportunities to celebrate the magic of the season. Be sure to bring the family and experience Temecula Chilled!
Also featured within the pages of the Guide are premiere recreation facilities in Temecula. This season will welcome back full programming at the newly renovated Mary Phillips Senior Center as well as the highly anticipated opening of the newly built Margarita Recreation Center, opening in early 2024. This facility will include a 25-yard swimming pool, classroom space for community programs, and a dance studio. We look forward to welcoming you to this new intergenerational facility.
It is with pride that we continue our commitment to creating community through people, parks, and programs, by offering a variety of services, special events, and cultural opportunities for all of Temecula’s residents.
For more information on Community Services events and updates, please follow @TemeculaParksAndRec on social media, and visit our website at TemeculaCA.gov/TCSD.
This press release was produced by the City of Temecula. The views expressed here are the author’s own.
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A wind-fanned wildfire doubled in size overnight in Riverside County, where thousands of people are under evacuation orders and at least one home was destroyed.The brush fire started Monday afternoon in the Aguanga area of Riverside County, about 60 miles southwest of Palm Springs. The origin of the fire is near the junction of highways 79 and 371.About 1,300 homes and 4,000 residents were under evacuation orders, fire spokesman Jeff LaRusso said Monday.CalFire said the Highland Fire, was first reported at 12:37 p.m. bet...
A wind-fanned wildfire doubled in size overnight in Riverside County, where thousands of people are under evacuation orders and at least one home was destroyed.
The brush fire started Monday afternoon in the Aguanga area of Riverside County, about 60 miles southwest of Palm Springs. The origin of the fire is near the junction of highways 79 and 371.
About 1,300 homes and 4,000 residents were under evacuation orders, fire spokesman Jeff LaRusso said Monday.
CalFire said the Highland Fire, was first reported at 12:37 p.m. between Highland Road and Aguanga Ranchos Road. As of 7:51 p.m., the fire spread to 1,219 acres, but doubled in size to more than 2,200 acres by Tuesday morning.
"We're smelling smoke, we're saying, 'Ok, could be a little fire,'" said Greg Silks, who manages Saddle Up Ranch. "More and more. Bigger smoke in the air. Here comes all the aircraft. Closed the highway down. We said, 'Oh, this thing's coming.'
Silks and others at the ranch evacuated.
At least one home was destroyed in the fire. Several cars also appeared to have been destroyed, transformed into metal carcasses by the wind-driven flames.
No injuries have been reported.
Highway 79, connecting Aguanga with Temecula to the west, was closed to allow access to the area for fire crews.
Winds in the area have diminished, which could aid firefighters, but conditions will remain dry and warm. There was no containment as of Tuesday morning as firefighting aircraft, including an air tanker, made drops on the flames. Red fire retardant painted hillsides, limiting the fire's spread.
Several departments responded in assistance to battle the blaze, including fire stations from Corona, Hemet, Murrieta, Palm Springs and the U.S. Forest Service.
Thousands of people were under evacuation orders, which were updated early Tuesday.
Residents in the following areas have been ordered to vacate their homes:
Meanwhile, an evacuation warning was issued for the following areas:
Residents under the order and warning will be able to take shelter at Great Oak High School in Temecula. The address for that center is 32555 Deer Hollow Way.
Those who have large animals can take them to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter for safety. The shelter is located at 581 S. Grand Ave.
The fire comes as several counties in Southern California are under a red flag warning amid breezy Santa Ana winds. The National Weather Service warned the region of critical fire danger conditions as gusts conditions made way through SoCal.
Fire officials are battling a wildfire fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds that's ripping through rural land in incorporated Riverside County.AGUANGA, Calif. — A wildfire fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds ripped through rural land east of Temecula, forcing about 4,000 people from their homes, fire authorities said.The Highland Fire erupted at about 12:45 p.m. Monday in dry, brushy hills near the unincorporated Riverside County hamlet of Aguanga. As of early Tuesday, the fire had grown to 3.5 square miles (2,200 acres) and was n...
Fire officials are battling a wildfire fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds that's ripping through rural land in incorporated Riverside County.
AGUANGA, Calif. — A wildfire fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds ripped through rural land east of Temecula, forcing about 4,000 people from their homes, fire authorities said.
The Highland Fire erupted at about 12:45 p.m. Monday in dry, brushy hills near the unincorporated Riverside County hamlet of Aguanga. As of early Tuesday, the fire had grown to 3.5 square miles (2,200 acres) and was not contained, officials said in a social media post.
About 1,300 homes and 4,000 residents were under evacuation orders, fire spokesman Jeff LaRusso said Monday. Evacuation orders and warnings remained in place Tuesday morning, officials said.
The fire had destroyed three buildings and damaged six others but it wasn't clear whether any were homes. The region is sparsely populated but there are horse ranches and a large mobile home site, LaRusso said.
No injuries were reported. The cause was under investigation.
Southern California Edison was considering cutting power to 144,000 customers in six counties to prevent fires from being ignited if wind damaged electrical equipment, but fewer than 300 customers were affected by public safety power shutoffs early Tuesday.
Credit: AP Photo/Ethan Swope
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the region through Tuesday night, forecasting winds of 15 to 25 mph (24 to 40 kph) with gusts to 50 mph (80 kph). The strongest winds are expected in foothills and adjacent valleys.
On Monday, winds of 20 to 25 mph (32 to 40 kph) with some higher gusts drove the flames and embers through grass and brush that were dried out by recent winds and low humidity so that it was "almost like kindling" for the blaze, LaRusso said.
The winds were expected to ease somewhat overnight and fire crews would attempt to box in the blaze, LaRusso said.
But, he added: “Wind trumps everything. Hopefully the forecast holds.”
A large air tanker, bulldozers and other resources were called in to fight the fire, one of the few large and active blazes to have erupted so far in California's year-round fire season, LaRusso said.
Southern California was seeing its first significant Santa Ana wind condition. The strong, hot, dry, dust-bearing winds typically descend to the Pacific Coast from inland desert regions during the fall. They have fueled some of the largest and most damaging fires in recent California history.
The weather service issued a red flag warning of extreme fire danger through Tuesday afternoon for parts of Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
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