In addition to the fire danger, strong winds will also bring the threat of blowing dust and power outages in the region. However winds in the 15-25 mph range are possible in Valley Center and adjacent areas, and humidity values will drop into the 10-15% range, bringing critical fire weather.
Weather Service meteorologist John Dumas tells the Times that the strongest winds will whip up around 10 p.m. The Weather Service expects the peak of the Santa Anas to be tonight and Tuesday, when winds could gust between 50 and 70 miles per hour in LA and Ventura counties.
Thomas Aquinas College was evacuated earlier in the evening.
Within about one hour, the fire grew from 50 to 500 acres, and hot embers were spread by the strong winds. The wind carried thick, black smoke for miles, and fire engines were seen parked along a densely populated area very close to the blaze. The cause of the fire hasn't yet been determined, but firefighters have been trying to battle it since Monday evening.
Evacuation centers were opened at a high school and the county fairgrounds, media reported.
A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened hundreds of homes on Monday and forced nearby residents and students at a small college to evacuate, officials said.
Wednesday's high at the airport.
The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 150 in both directions as firefighters battled the blaze, NBC LA reported.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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