December 16, 2017
Fires erupt as Santa Ana winds howl
SOUTHLAND – A perfect storm may be brewing amid one of the driest autumn’s in Southern California history.

Virtually no rain has fallen the past three months and the region may be primed for wildfire conditions never before seen this late in the year.

A fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula in Ventura County and quickly exploded to more than 5,000 acres in just a few hours.

In Riverside, several homes were briefly evacuated Monday when a wind blown fire threatened to escape from the Santa Ana Riverbottom where it covered about 10 acres.

Authorities are maintaining a Red Flag Warning throughout most of Southern California through Thursday. Wind gusts could hit hurricane force, the National Weather Service predicts during the current outbreak of drying Santa Ana winds.
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