Also on Monday, Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding warned people to avoid strenuous outdoor activities due to smoke and associated fire particles in the air. “Despite significant efforts toward fire containment, air quality in some parts of the county is being adversely affected by the fires,” Fielding said. “Small air particles carrying through Los Angeles County can have adverse health effects, and will be particularly unhealthful for sensitive individuals.” Individuals at greatest risk include those with heart disease or lung diseases including emphysema, asthma and chronic lung problems. For more information about air quality related to the wildfires, go to the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s site at www.aqmd.gov or call 1-800-CUT-SMOG (288-7664). [email protected] (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forecasters on Monday said they expect fierce Santa Ana winds fanning fires across the region to ease this afternoon, but they extended a red-flag warning through Wednesday. “We’re not out of the woods,” said David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The conditions are coming together for the most fire danger. “It’s a combination of strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity. All these ingredients are creating a favorable condition for rapid fire growth.” While Santa Ana winds are expected to drop this afternoon to about 35 mph in Malibu, temperatures in the coastal areas are expected to climb into the 80s and 90s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Winds also are expected to diminish in Canyon Country today, with gusts up to 40 mph, forecasters said. Temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley are expected to reach the mid-80s today and cool into the 70s by Friday. “If we can get through the next 24 hours, … things will start to improve,” Gomberg said. “Wind is the driving factor for the fire growth. Firefighters will get a handle on the fire once the wind drops off.” Temperatures in Malibu are expected to cool down by Thursday to the 70s and 80s and will continue to cool through the weekend.