California wildfires: One dead as brutal winds that fuelled blaze begin to ease [Photos]

Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease on Saturday

FP Staff December 10, 2017 13:34:39 IST
Firefighters light backfire while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Road near Ventura, California. Brutal winds that fuelled southern California wildfires finally began to ease on Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus. AP
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Firefighters light backfire while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Road near Ventura, California. Brutal winds that fuelled southern California wildfires finally began to ease on Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus. AP
A helicopter carries water while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping a road. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on multiple different fronts, authorities have reported only one fatality. AP
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A helicopter carries water while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping a road. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on multiple different fronts, authorities have reported only one fatality. AP
With gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), relentless seasonal winds had continued to stoke the fires on Friday, spitting embers and creating "extreme fire danger". AP
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With gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), relentless seasonal winds had continued to stoke the fires on Friday, spitting embers and creating "extreme fire danger". AP
Since erupting in Ventura County on late Monday, that blaze has seared 155,000 acres and destroyed over 500 structures. Governor Jerry Brown said many scientists believe more extreme fire seasons are part of the pinch of climate change. AP
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Since erupting in Ventura County on late Monday, that blaze has seared 155,000 acres and destroyed over 500 structures. Governor Jerry Brown said many scientists believe more extreme fire seasons are part of the pinch of climate change. AP
Despite the easing of the winds, meteorologists warned that smoke and ash could linger, prompting several counties to maintain air-quality warnings. US president Donald Trump has issued a state of emergency in California, authorising the release of federal funds. AP
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Despite the easing of the winds, meteorologists warned that smoke and ash could linger, prompting several counties to maintain air-quality warnings. US president Donald Trump has issued a state of emergency in California, authorising the release of federal funds. AP