Strong winds and summerlike temperatures put firefighters in the San Fernando Valley on alert Tuesday, while weather forecasters predicted gusts would diminish by Thursday. A red-flag warning from the National Weather Service prompted additional teams from the Los Angeles County Fire Department to keep a watch on fire-prone areas from the Valley to Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles Fire Department tactical task force deployed four teams in Valley areas with the greatest potential for brush fires. “If you do some research, you’ll see that some of our largest brush fires have occurred in November and December,” said Ron Myers, LAFD spokesman. “We take a military-like strategy. We use a hit-hard mentality.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds were expected to blow through the Valley today. Around the county Tuesday, winds hit up to 40 mph, with gusts of about 55 mph. Temperatures reached 84 degrees in Chatsworth and Van Nuys and 81 in Northridge, according to forecasters of the National Weather Service based in Oxnard. “This weather pattern is an annual event,” said NWS spokesman Bill Hoffer. “What we have off our coast is a vigorous high pressure system. It’s a big mother. We got this old spinning bowl of circulation coming from the Gulf of Alaska.” Today’s highs should reach the mid-80s, with northeast winds of up to 30 mph and decreasing through the evening. Thursday is expected to be breezy, with temperatures decreasing to the high 70s. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!