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Fresh Santa Ana winds threaten spread of California Wildfires

Winds in Southern California eased on Friday, helping crews make progress in corralling the wildfires that have displaced thousands of residents. The reprieve from the winds allowed firefighters to get a handle on the fires.

However, fresh dry Santa Ana winds that blow from the mountains every autumn in Southern California were forecast to abate on Friday, that could fuel the fire with gusts of 25 to 32 kilometres per hour.

Several new fires had roared to life on Thursday in hilly neighbourhoods outside of Los Angeles, destroying homes and forcing yet more evacuations in the fire-ravaged state.




The Maria Fire in Ventura County ignited and torched more than 3,240 hectares threatening some 1,800 homes and other structures. Some 7,500 residents were asked to leave.

East of Los Angeles, the Hillside Fire scorched more than 80 hectares of the San Bernardino National Forest, burning residential areas in the north end of the city of San Bernardino.

A fire on Monday near Getty Center art museum in west Los Angeles that ordered evacuation of tens of thousands were asked to return after 40 percent of the blaze was contained.



Meanwhile, The Kincade Fire has been 65 percent contained that had been burning Sonoma County wine country near San Francisco.

Pacific Gas and Electric company (PG&E) acknowledged last week that the Kincade Fire, a blaze that charred 31,160 hectares started last week near a damaged PG&E transmission tower at about the time a high-voltage line on that tower malfunctioned.


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