“Hurricane-force gusts could cripple battle vs. SoCal wildfires” -CBS News

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Summary: ‘ Little flame was visible to the eye late Tuesday but in the morning fire exploded on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, closing a section of heavily traveled Interstate 405, and destroying four homes. Many schools across Los Angeles were closed because of poor air quality, and classes were called off at 265 schools Thursday. “We’re basically in an urban firefight in Ventura, just where if you shall be able to keep that house from burning, you may be able to slow speed the fire down,” said Tim Chavez, a fire behavior specialist at the blaze.

The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high,” into the colour that means “extreme.” Southern California has already been hit hard by three major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders, and completely destroyed at nearly 200 residences and buildings, a figure virtually certain to grow. But the hard-won progress of firefighters could might possibly be erased Thursday, reports CBS Los Angeles. The wilder winds could might possibly easily send  make new fires blow up too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel-Air section, just where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich, and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles. “The forecast, for tomorrow (Thursday) is purple,” said Ken Pimlott, director at the California Department of Forestry, and Fire Protection….Read The Full Article Here

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