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catastrophic winds set stage for more fires, more destruction thursday

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catastrophic winds set stage for more fires, more destruction thursday

after two days of intense firestorms, southern california is bracing for perhaps its most challenging day as santa ana winds that spread the infernos are expected to peak thursday.the forecast is disturbing enough that the los angeles school system has canceled classes in many san fernando valley schools and officials are bracing for more fires across the region. powerful winds can push existing fires but also help fan new ones.“we are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” said ken pimlott, director of the california department of forestry and fire protection.“there will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds,” pimlott said. “at the end of the day, we need everyone in the public to listen and pay attention. this is not ‘watch the news and go about your day.’ this is pay attention minute-by-minute … keep your head on a swivel.” thursday morning wind gust speeds nwsthe forecastthursday will be a huge challengea red-flag warning has been extended through saturday across much of southern california as firefighters struggle to get a handle on several wildfires raging across the region.the warning, which indicates extreme fire danger because of gusty winds and low humidity, will be in effect through saturday in los angeles and ventura counties, where fires have scorched more than 80,000 acres and destroyed many homes.weather officials expect winds to pick up wednesday night through thursday, bringing “damaging” gusts of 50 to 70 mph that c...