Forecasted Santa Ana winds could feed Woolsey fire

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Fire officials are concerned high Santa Ana winds forecasted for the next several days could help spread the 85,500-acre Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

According to the L.A. Times, the fire, which has killed two people and caused the evacuation of more than 250,000 people from Malibu to Thousand Oaks, was only 15 percent contained as of Sunday night.
The forecast is calling for wind gusts of 40 miles per hour or stronger over the next few days.

According to officials, the blaze has destroyed more than 177 buildings, with around 57,000 structures still at risk.
Firefighters are now concerned that potential wind gusts could suddenly change directions, affecting the fire.
Strong winds could also hamper the effectiveness of aerial water and retardant drops.

As of Sunday, several parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties — including Malibu, Agoura Hills, Westlake VIllage, Hidden Hills and parts of West Hills, Monte Nido, Gated Oaks and Topanga — remained under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders.

Wildfires across the state have burned nearly 200,000 acres and killed at least 31 people, according to fire officials.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Santa Ana winds blowing through hills on fire
2. Wind gusts of 40 mph or stronger forecasted
3. Wind changing directions
4. Winds effects on fire fighting

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Fire officials are concerned high Santa Ana winds forecasted for the next several days could help spread the 85,500-acre Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties."

"The forecast is calling for wind gusts of 40 mph or stronger over the next few days."

"Firefighters are now concerned that potential wind gusts could suddenly change directions, affecting the behavior of the fire."
"Strong winds could also hamper the effectiveness of aerial water and retardant drops, restricting firefighters to battle the blaze solely from the ground."

SOURCES: LA TIMES
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-woolsey-fire-latest-20181111-story.html?outputType=amp