LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):
After two days of silence in the powerful wind that reason, Southern California’s huge wildfire, crews are bracing for the return of potentially dangerous gusts of wind that may revive the flames.
Crew used the calm conditions to build containment lines, and set controlled fires to clear dry brush ahead of the so-called sundowner winds expected to whip up Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze that burned for more than two weeks northwest of Los Angeles is 55 percent contained and is now the second largest in the history of California. Officials say the new wind allowing it to grow in the state’s largest fire ever.
More evacuations were lifted Tuesday, but the communities continue to be threatened in Ventura and Santa Barbara county.
A firefighter and a fleeing civilian died in the Thomas fire that broke out on Dec. 4.