BREAKING: Southern California’s wildfire roars back to life again and prompts new evacuations as high Santa Ana winds and dry conditions continue to threaten the area

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

A massive plume rose suddenly in the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday morning as Woolsey Fire raged
Authorities sent aircraft to drop retardant and water on the new blaze as it broke out near Lake Sherwood
Forecasters had warned of continuing fire danger in Southern California due to persistent Santa Ana winds
Woolsey fire has killed two, destroyed 435 buildings, tore through more than 96,000 acres since Thursday
In Northern California, the Camp Fire has killed 42 people – many of them in the destroyed town of Paradise
Ernest Foss, 65, Jesus Fernandez, 48, Carl Wiley, 77, Lolene Rios, 58, and Ellen Walker are among the victims
It is believed that the Camp Fire may have been sparked by downed PG&E power lines, officials have revealed
The Camp fire blaze has since destroyed 125,000 acres and was 30 per cent contained as of Tuesday morning

By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES
DAILYMAIL.COM
13 November 2018

Just when it seemed things were finally starting to calm down, Southern California’s huge wildfire has roared back to life again.

A massive plume rose suddenly in the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday morning, prompting new evacuations at the same time thousands of residents are being allowed back in their neighborhoods.

Authorities sent aircraft to drop retardant and water on the new blaze as it broke out near the community of Lake Sherwood.

Forecasters had warned of continuing fire danger in Southern California due to persistent Santa Ana winds, the withering, dry gusts that sweep out of the interior toward the coast, pushing back moist ocean breezes.

The new flare-up broke out around 9.15am and burned through 50 acres in its first 30 minutes, according to Cal Fire San Louis Obispo.

Authorities said winds in the area were blowing around 15mph. A red flag warning will remain in effect in the region until 5pm on Wednesday.

Officials said their most recent assessments indicated that the Woolsey Fire tore through 96,000 acres – larger than the size of Denver.

It has destroyed 435 structures – a number that is expected to rise – and 57,000 structures remain under threat.

As of Tuesday morning the blaze was 35 percent contained, with full containment expected Thursday.

It was unclear how many people remained under evacuation orders, though at one point the number hit about 250,000. Authorities were expected to disclose details later Tuesday at a news conference.

The dry, gusty winds were expected to blow through Wednesday, although not quite as furiously as last week.

Winds, coupled with higher average annual temperatures, tinder-dry brush and a lack of rain in recent years, make the ‘perfect ingredients’ for explosive fire growth around the state, said Chris Anthony, a division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire has burned more than 80 percent of National Parks Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, officials said.

Fire officials lifted evacuation orders early Tuesday in all or parts of about five communities in Ventura and Los Angeles counties – including the star-studded Hidden Hills, Calabasas, and Malibu.

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