- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several small fires have erupted in windy and dry Southern California but all have been quickly contained.

The fires erupted Wednesday afternoon in vegetation along Interstate 210 in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, to the east in a wash in Azusa and to the south in Orange County’s Tonner Canyon near State Route 57.

The National Weather Service posted red flag warnings of high fire danger through the afternoon, as winds gusted to 40 mph or more at times.

The warnings expired as dusk fell but forecasters expect more sunshine Thursday and there could be unseasonal and possibly record-breaking heat this weekend.

The area has been suffering from drought and a storm earlier this month failed to bring the seasonal rainfall total in Los Angeles anywhere close to normal.

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