Forecasters Say Even Stronger Winds Could Stoke Fires — Southern California Braces

Over 1000 firefighters battling California wildfires

Over 1000 firefighters battling California wildfires

The entrance to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

Now as the fires rage across Southern California, even the news is too hard to bear.

Powerful winds can push existing fires but also help fan new ones.

Q: Why are the the winds such a factor for firefighters?

The Santa Anas, a yearly phenomenon in the region, have this year come after a particularly dry autumn, which created a tinder box that has now been set alight.

A key stretch of U.S. 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties was intermittently closed Thursday as flames jumped lanes.

According to the National Weather Service, the wildfires are expected to exacerbate overnight, as winds reach speeds of 65 MPH.

The fire, which was entirely uncontained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. "At the end of the day, we need everyone in the public to listen and pay attention".

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, officials said. Air from high pressure areas blows down toward the Pacific Ocean, speeding up, drying out as they squeeze through mountain passes and canyons.

"Heck yeah I'm still worried", Rosenzweig said. Allyn said a few horses suffered burns and were taken to a veterinary facility at the Ventura County Fairgrounds for treatment. "Authorities say they are conducting damage assessments in the area to determine how many homes have been damaged".

The edges of both Los Angeles and Ventura are dotted with horse-keeping properties, and when flames roared in people barely had time to get their animals to their own evacuation centers.

"This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack with all we've got", the governor said.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that at least 265 schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through the weekend. It is one of two fires in Los Angeles that's destroying homes and forcing residents to find safety. "It's not, it's just an event that happened in life", she said encouragingly.

Dalton reported from Los Angeles.

The flames also prompted the evacuation of literally thousands of pets, not only dogs and cats but horses, goats, alpacas and other large livestock.

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