MALIBU – A nasty, aggravating wind ripped through the region today, stirring up “snotty waves” and fears of fire as anemometers spun up as high as 65 mph. Branches snapped. Leaves flew. Fires ignited and locals rubbed their eyes, spilled their coffee and cursed the first of the Santa Ana winds. A wind gauge near Point Mugu recorded the 65-mph gust, while the Malibu hills saw a blast of 57 mph early this morning. Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules will remain in effect through 8 p.m. tomorrow, the first time this year the city has issued the warning. Wire service reports said hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home this afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided, and small-crafts warning expired. One mariner employed the curious “snotty wave” reference in conversation with City News Service, saying waves had spoiled the the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party this weekend. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTimber-shivering sailors still made it out. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday,” harbor employee Mary Brye told CNS. “That ocean was terrible.” The Los Angeles Fire Department also reported a small fire broke out overnight in the hills above San Fernando, but said crews quickly put it out, preventing any significant damage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!