OAN’s James Meyers
11:11 AM – Tuesday, October 31, 2023
A wildfire has ripped through southeast Los Angeles, being fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds.
The fire remains uncontained after burning over 2,000 acres through Tuesday morning, according to local fire officials, with the National Weather Service warning of “rapid fire growth” amid strong winds in the Los Angeles Area.
Fire spokesman Jeff LaRusso said that close to 1,300 homes and 4,000 people were under evacuation orders.
As of Tuesday, another evacuation order was put in place in areas north of the San Diego county line.
According to LaRusso, winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour drove the flames and embers through grass and brush that were dried out by previous winds and low humidity.
An air tanker, bulldozers, and other resources were utilized to try and contain the fire.
This is Southern California’s first significant Santa Ana wind condition this year.
According to the National Weather Service, Riverside County could see winds up to 15 to 25 miles per hour through Tuesday and gusts of wind up to 40 miles per hour.
Additionally, the weather service issued a red flag warning of extreme fire danger through Tuesday afternoon for parts of Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
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