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dangerous winds persist as wildfires roar in california


los angeles — the winds aren't changing for southern california's wildfires yet.the fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions.red flag warnings for fire danger due to santa ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring monday afternoon as was initially forecast."it doesn't get much drier than this folks," the national weather service service tweeted, adding that more than 80 observation sites in the region reported afternoon relative humidity levels between just 1 and 9 percent.on monday, ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air in foothill towns near santa barbara, the latest flare-up after a week of wind-f






raw: horse on highway flees california wildfires


california's wildfires continued to spread under the influence of strong winds on tuesday. in video footage, cameras caught a horse galloping down a road in an attempt to save itself from the flames. (dec. 5)        






california wildfires: blazes rip through wine valleys


parts of california's famous wine region have been destroyed by fires.about 20,000 people were evacuated as high winds caused wildfires to spread rapidly through napa, sonoma and yuba counties.






'unusual' late season heat wave to scorch southern california, dangerous fire co


a sweltering heat wave will blanket southern california through the middle of the week, elevating the risk of wildfires and potentially breaking heat records, forecasters said.the national weather service on monday issued a red flag warning through wednesday, saying the high temperatures and santa ana winds will "bring the most dangerous fire weather conditions that southwest california has seen in the past few years."the hottest and driest conditions are expected monday and tuesday, with record-breaking triple-digit heat and humidity lowering into single digits.should a fire break out, "there will be the potential for very rapid fire spread… and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a significant threat to life and property," the weather service said.southern california’s hot and dry c






katabatic winds fan california's wildfires | usa news


wildfires are a fact of life in california. at the end of a long, hot, dry summer, vegetation is tinder dry.thunderstorms, camp fires and arson all contribute to the starting of fires across the state. but the worst of these fires usually occur in september and october as this is the time of year when strong winds are most likely.these winds are known as katabatic winds. katabatic derives from the greek word "katabasis" which means descending.these winds are the result of cool, dense air from a higher elevation descending due to gravity.in extreme cases, katabatic winds can reach hurricane strength, but more typically they are less than 20km per hour (km/h).this particular wind, which has been fanning the flames in northern california, is known as the santa ana wind in the south of the sta






nasa satellites monitor california's blazing wildfires from space


as high winds and hot weather continue to fuel the wildfires in northern california, nasa satellites are keeping an eye on the blazes from space.






the latest: california wildfires continue to grow


santa paula, calif. — the latest on wildfires in southern california (all times local):2:20 p.m.california's wildfires are spreading because of strong winds.a fire in ventura county about 60 miles (144 kilometers) northwest of los angeles has expanded to 78 square miles (126 square kilometers) as of tuesday afternoon.an early morning estimate put the number of destroyed structures at around 150, but more homes have been seen burning throughout the day.elsewhere in california, a fire in the lakeview terrace and sylmar neighborhoods of los angeles has expanded to 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) and another near the city of santa clarita is 1.5 square miles (3.9 square kilometers).about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east in the city of san bernardino, a new fire is burning just 25 acres (10






southern california braces for high winds over weekend, threat of more wildfires


more fires or rapid increases in existing blazes as fierce santa ana winds are expected to increase yet again.        






california wildfires in numbers |


the recent wildfires in california have killed at least 23 people and left hundreds missing.the fires in the northern counties of california are among the deadliest in the state's history, with thousands of houses and businesses destroyed. wildfires are not uncommon in california given its hot, windy and dry weather in the summer and autumn months.while the number of wildfires in state has decreased over the years, the destruction caused by these fires has grown, making them more costly to contain.






the southern california wildfires of 2017 seen from space


credit: nasa the devastating december 2017 wildfires in southern california were visible all the way from space, as astronauts and satellites looked from their orbit. see photos of the wildfires as seen from space here. shown here: this image of the wildfires was taken by nasa astronaut randy bresnik from the international space station. "thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these california wildfires," he wrote.






gusty winds fan california wildfires, force more evacuations


sonoma, calif. — rising winds fanned the northern california wildfires again saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and destroying more buildings.the winds kicked up several hours before dawn and pushed flames into the hills on the edge of sonoma, a town of 11,000. an unknown number of structures burned down in a rural area, said daniel berlant, a spokesman for the california department of forestry and fire protection.about 400 homes were evacuated as the fires threated sonoma and a portion of santa rosa that includes a retirement community that evacuated earlier this week, he said.winds gusting up to 40 mph were expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening.on friday, firefighters reported their first progress in c






what causes the powerful, dry winds that are fanning the flames in napa and sono


source of the windscirculation around high pressure in the west generates strong northeasterly winds at the surface, which accelerate and warm as they blow downslope from the sierra nevada into napa and sonoma counties in california’s wine country.why mountain and canyon winds are strongerair from areas of high pressure over elevated ground inland flows down toward sea level in california. the sinking air heats up, loses moisture and speeds up, especially as it squeezes through canyons.venturi effectmountain ranges block winds in some areas while winds howl elsewhere. winds seek openings through the mountains, much like water would. canyons and passes provide narrow openings that accelerate the winds like a nozzle on a garden hose does to water.terrain’s role with the winds during wildfire






fueled by dangerous winds, northern california fires keep growing; at least 21 d


the death toll rose to 21 wednesday as multiple wildfires continued to spread across northern california’s wine country.as firefighters were dealing with wind shifts wednesday afternoon, new evacuation orders were issued. all residents of calistoga were ordered to leave their homes.“winds have shifted out of the northeast,” said sgt. scott fleming of the st. helena police department. “our goal is to have all 5,000 residents out by 5 p.m.”state and federal officials portrayed an all-out effort to fend off the devastating wildfires at a news conference at a state emergency operations center outside sacramento.“it’s an extremely stressful and challenging time,” said office of emergency services director mark ghilarducci. “we are all hands on deck.”the situation remains very dangerous, officia






san diego fire weather is so extreme, purple is the new red


california’s fire weather in san diego county and across southern california is suddenly so extreme that — for the first time ever — a new color code has been assigned to the map showing areas affected by strong santa ana winds: purple.according to the national weather service, the color code purple means that the affected area is under conditions so extreme that any fire could have “extreme growth,” “burn intensely” and “be uncontrollable.”"the forecast for [thursday] is purple. we've never used purple before," ken pimlott, director of the california department of forestry and fire protection, or cal fire, told kcbs-tv.a wildfire broke out in north san diego county thursday and by mid-afternoon flames had burned five structures and more than 500 acres, and threatened 1,000 homes near bons






wildfires destroy 1,500 structures in wine country


more than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through california wine country monday, destroying at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sending an estimated 20,000 people on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames.






the latest: freeway closed as southern california fire rages


ventura, calif. — the latest on southern california wildfires (all times local):5:15 a.m.authorities have closed a major freeway as flames from the largest and most destructive southern california wildfire churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of los angeles.calmer overnight winds thursday helped crews protect the ventura county resort town of ojai (oh'hi), where most of the 7,000 residents are under evacuation orders.the national weather service says a more favorable wind forecast still calls for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely not to approach historic levels they'd feared.officials closed u.s. 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between ventura and santa barbara counties as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.thou






winds whip new terror into deadly california wildfires


sonoma, calif. — fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through california wine country exploded in size and number wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 21 — a figure expected to rise higher still.three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire northern california neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses."we are literally looking at explosive vegetation," said ken pimlott, chief of the california department of forestry and fire protection. "it is very dynamic. these fires are changing by the minute in many areas."the entire historic town of calistoga, population 5,000, was evacuated. in neighboring sonoma county, authorities issu






death toll rises to 40 as firefighters continue to battle massive california wil


as the death toll rose to 40, firefighters struggled saturday to get the upper hand against several massive wildfires that have ravaged northern california for almost a week.strong winds kicked up overnight in the central napa valley region, causing some fires to spread and triggering evacuations in sonoma and elsewhere, officials said.fire officials feared that winds forecast for saturday would be similar to those that stoked the first flames on oct. 8 and that have since exploded to more than 15 fires that have scorched 220,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures and caused at least 40 deaths.despite low humidity and red flag warnings throughout the region, however, the winds appeared to calm down saturday afternoon, aiding firefighters who have been battling the fire around t






winds whip new terror into deadly california wildfires


sonoma, calif. — fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through california wine country exploded in size and number wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 — a figure expected to rise.three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire northern california neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses."we are literally looking at explosive vegetation," said ken pimlott, chief of the california department of forestry and fire protection. "it is very dynamic. these fires are changing by the minute in many areas."the entire historic town of calistoga, population 5,000, was evacuated. in neighboring sonoma county, authorities issued an evacuat






a 'catastrophic event': winds whip new terror into deadly california wildfires


fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through california wine country exploded in size and number wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 21 — a figure expected to rise higher still.three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire northern california neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses."we are literally looking at explosive vegetation," said ken pimlott, chief of the california department of forestry and fire protection. "it is very dynamic. these fires are changing by the minute in many areas."the entire historic town of calistoga, population 5,000, was evacuated. in neighboring sonoma county, authorities issued an evacuation






a 'catastrophic event': winds whip new terror into deadly california wildfires


fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through california wine country exploded in size and number wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 — a figure expected to rise.three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire northern california neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses."we are literally looking at explosive vegetation," said ken pimlott, chief of the california department of forestry and fire protection. "it is very dynamic. these fires are changing by the minute in many areas."the entire historic town of calistoga, population 5,000, was evacuated. in neighboring sonoma county, authorities issued an evacuation advisory for






are california wildfires here to stay? | news


the wildfires currently engulfing large swathes of southern california are among the worst in the state's history. the thomas fire northwest of ventura is barely 5 percent contained.the job of firefighters is being made much more difficult by the strong santa ana winds which have been fanning the flames for several days. these winds originate from the high pressure system sitting over the western us.the circulation around this system carries the air over the high ground of the central plateau and mojave desert. as the air descends towards the pacific it becomes drier and it accelerates, being funnelled through the valleys and canyons.200,000 people evacuated as la fires ragethe santa ana winds are an entirely natural phenomenon of course, and they usually peak during the month of december.






are california wildfires here to stay? | news


the wildfires currently engulfing large swaths of southern california are among the worst in the state's history. the thomas fire northwest of ventura is barely five percent contained.the job of firefighters is being made much more difficult by the strong santa ana winds which have been fanning the flames for several days.these winds originate from the high-pressure system sitting over the western us.the circulation around this system carries the air over the high ground of the central plateau and the mojave desert.as the air descends towards the pacific it becomes drier and it accelerates, being funnelled through the valleys and canyons.the santa ana winds are an entirely natural phenomenon of course, and they usually peak during the month of december.what is unusual is that wildfires pea






california wildfires: death toll rises as blazes continue


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionit's the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in california's historyforty people have died and hundreds are still missing in california after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes.california's governor said it was "one of the greatest tragedies" the state had ever faced.more than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes.winds of up to 70 km/h (45mph) brought them to new towns, forcing many more people to evacuate.one of the worst-affected areas is the city of santa rosa, in the sonoma wine region, where 3,000 people were evacuated on saturday. "the devastation is just unbelievable," governor jerry brown said on a visit to the city."it is a horror that no one could






california wildfires: death toll rises as blazes continue


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionit's the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in california's historyforty people have died and hundreds are still missing in california after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes.california's governor said it was "one of the greatest tragedies" the state had ever faced.more than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes.winds of up to 70 km/h (45mph) brought them to new towns, forcing many more people to evacuate.one of the worst-affected areas is the city of santa rosa, in the sonoma wine region, where 3,000 people were evacuated on saturday. "the devastation is just unbelievable," governor jerry brown said on a visit to the city."it is a horror that no one could






fast-moving wildfires raged across northern california overnight


jeff chiu – associated pressgallery: rudy habibe, from puerto rico, and his service dog maximus walk toward a burning building at the hilton sonoma wine country hotel, where he was a guest, in santa rosa, calif., monday, oct. 9, 2017. wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through northern california sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (ap photo/jeff chiu)






records fall across region amid heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast fo


new heat records were set monday across southern california as temperatures soared before tuesday’s world series opener at dodger stadium.downtown los angeles hit 102 degrees, long beach 105, burbank 101 and oxnard 104, according to the national weather service, all new highs for the day.forecasters said that tuesday was also likely to see sweltering conditions that could set new records. downtown l.a. and other parts of the los angeles basin are expected to see triple-digit heat, with the dodgers-astros series set to begin at dodger stadium around 5 p.m.the national weather service on monday issued a red flag warning through wednesday, saying the high temperatures and santa ana winds will "bring the most dangerous fire weather conditions that southwest california has seen in the past few






the latest: brush fire breaks out in los angeles


ventura, calif. — the latest on southern california wildfires (all times local):5:35 a.m.a brush fire has erupted on the east side of los angeles along interstate 405 in sepulveda pass.fire department spokesman margaret stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds.stewart says 47 firefighters are on the scene, setting up protection for homes at the top of the steep slopes. two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.sepulveda pass carries heavily traveled interstate 405 through the santa monica mountains between the western neighborhoods of los angeles and the san fernando valley to the north.___12:40 a.m.the same vicious winds that made three southern california wildfires so destructive are also making the fire






the latest: 'westworld' delays production amid wildfires


santa paula, calif. — the latest on wildfires in southern california (all times local):8:30 p.m.production of tv shows including hbo's "westworld" has been halted amid southern california's wildfires.hbo said in a statement that the sci-fi drama was filming its second season in an area near two los angeles county fires on tuesday but producers decided to shut down and avoid any danger to actors or crew members.the statement says "westworld" will resume filming when it is safe.filming on the cbs show "s.w.a.t." was also suspended.many shows shoot outdoor scenes in the outskirts north of the city, where two large blazes have choked the air with smoke and are threatening thousands of homes and buildings.the los angeles rams of the nfl, who hold workouts near the largest of southern california






california wildfires: death toll rises as blazes continue


image copyrightreutersimage caption it is the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state's history forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in california after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes.california's governor said it was "one of the greatest tragedies" the state had ever faced.more than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes.winds of up to 70 km/h (45mph) brought them to new towns, forcing many more people to evacuate.one of the worst-affected areas is the city of santa rosa, in the sonoma wine region, where 3,000 people were evacuated on saturday. "the devastation is just unbelievable," governor jerry brown said on a visit to the city."it is a horror that no one could have imagined."it i






california wildfires: death toll rises as blazes continue


image copyrightreutersimage caption it is the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state's history forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in california after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes.california's governor said it was "one of the greatest tragedies" the state had ever faced.more than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes.winds of up to 70 km/h (45mph) brought them to new towns, forcing many more people to evacuate.one of the worst-affected areas is the city of santa rosa, in the sonoma wine region, where 3,000 people were evacuated on saturday. "the devastation is just unbelievable," governor jerry brown said on a visit to the city."it is a horror that no one could have imagined."it i






forecast of higher winds could complicate wildfire fight


ventura, calif. — southern california has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. but never purple wind. until now.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 color that means "extreme."the forecast for thursday is purple."we've never used purple before," said ken pimlott, director at the california department of forestry and fire protection.southern california has already been hit hard by three major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed at nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure that is almost certain to grow.but the hard-won progress of firefighters could be erased thursday. ap gallery: california






records fall across region in socal heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecas


new heat records were set monday across southern california as temperatures soared before tuesday’s world series opener at dodger stadium.downtown los angeles hit 102 degrees, long beach 105, burbank 101 and oxnard 104, according to the national weather service, all new highs for the day. other cities to set daily records: riverside (102), santa ana (102), el cajon (104) and big bear (74).forecasters said that tuesday was also likely to see sweltering conditions that could set new records. downtown l.a. and other parts of theare expected to see triple-digit heat, with the dodgers-astros series set to begin at dodger stadium around 5 p.m.the national weather service on monday issued a red flag warning through wednesday, saying the high temperatures and santa ana winds will "bring the most d






california wildfires: what we know about the creek, thomas, lilac and other fire


the southern california wildfires continue to destroy land and homes.        






high winds threaten progress against california wildfires, forcing more to flee


rising winds fanned the california wildfires again saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state's fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks.just a day after firefighters reported making significant progress, the winds kicked up and pushed flames into the hills at the edge of sonoma, a town of 11,000. about 400 homes were evacuated in sonoma and a portion of santa rosa that included a retirement community that evacuated earlier this week, authorities said."things went to hell last night," said dean vincent bordigioni, winemaker and proprietor at the annadel estate winery, who awoke at 3 a.m. to see flames erupting over the ridge above his property. "they've got a good fig






california fires map: how the deadly wildfires are spreading


at least 28 people died in one of the deadliest california wildfires on record.        






decades-old slaying of righteous brothers singer’s ex solved


los angeles (ap) — investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff’s department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff’s department said friday that the case “was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer,” but provided no other details.the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime.