First story out of California. Hurricane force is a term to describe wind speeds that blow at orfaster than 74 miles per hour and some of the winds buffeting wildfires near Los Angeles are athurricane force. These are the Santa Ana winds — hot, dry, dusty gusts that blow from thedesert across southern California out towards the Pacific Coast.
They can be at their worst in October and they make it very difficult, if not impossible, forfirefighters to contain or wall in a wildfire. What's known as the Getty Fire was threateningmore than 7,000 homes around L.A. last night and it was just one of at least 10 wildfiresburning across California. Tens of thousands of acres, each one roughly the size of a footballfield, have been scorched across the state. Dozens of homes have been lost. Power's been cutoff to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses because California's largest utilitycompany doesn't want its equipment sparking new fires in the windy conditions. Schools, houses, businesses even museums have been evacuated.