Southern California firefighters race against time, winds

Peace and Freedom

Updated 11:22 PM ET, Wed December 6, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN) — Every day firefighters in Los Angeles receive a brush burning index report that indicates the fire danger. If it’s 165 or higher, that’s extreme.

The number for Thursday is 296, the highest it has ever been, according to Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
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Terrazas and other officials in Southern California warned residents Wednesday evening that a series of wildfires fueled by wicked Santa Ana winds and dangerously dry vegetation likely was going to get even worse in the next 24 hours.
“We stand a fairly good chance of a very challenging night and day (Thursday),” said Tim Chavez, a fire behavior analyst for CalFire, at a news conference on the 90,000-acre Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
.”There’s a lot of potential for some large…

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