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return of powerful winds poses 'extreme fire danger' across southern california

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return of powerful winds poses 'extreme fire danger' across southern california

several homes were destroyed by a wildfire in bel-air on wednesday, and authorities warned of potentially catastrophic winds continuing through at least thursday.authorities said high winds — which could top 50 mph in some areas — create an “extreme fire danger.”the forecast is disturbing enough that the los angeles school system has canceled classes at many san fernando valley campuses and officials are bracing for more fires across the region. powerful winds can worsen existing fires but also help fan new ones.about midnight, ucla canceled thursday classes “given the array of uncertainties caused by the fire near campus,” according to an alert posted on the university’s website. “this is a difficult decision, since final exams begin on saturday.”the university’s medical centers and clinics will remain open.los angeles police warned brentwood residents to prepare to evacuate in case a wind shift sends embers westward.“if we ask you to leave, leave,” authorities wrote in a letter to residents. “there is no property worth the safety of you or your family.”ken pimlott, director of the california department of forestry and fire protection, echoed that warning.“there will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds,” he 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.”the...