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The Saddleridge fire in Los Angeles has been stoked by the distinctly devilish Santa Ana winds - here's why they're so powerful

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The Saddleridge Fire has spread through 7,542 acres of land in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles , burning at least 25 buildings and causing evacuations for 100,000 people.
Fierce Santa Ana winds that blow into the Los Angeles area can make California wildfires tough to fight.
The winds' strength has to do with where they develop in the mountains and how they travel down to the coast. They are typically fiercest in the fall, before the first rains of the season arrive.
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The California power outages show how dire the wildfire crisis has gotten - 9 of the state's 10 biggest fires came in the last 16 years

The California power outages show how dire the wildfire crisis has gotten - 9 of the state's 10 biggest fires came in the last 16 years

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The Saddleridge bush fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles has spread to over 4,700 acres of land, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for about 100,000 people.
Earlier this week, California utility company PG&E shut off power to some residents to reduce wildfire risk amid dry, windy conditions. More than 1 million Californians lost electricity.
As the climate warms, California's wildfire season is getting longer, and weather conditions that bring a high risk of wildfires are becoming more common.
PG&E says blackouts are the company's new strategy to minimize fire risk, but some...
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A Los Angeles bush fire has burned 4,700 acres, destroyed 25 homes, and prompted evacuations for 100,00 people - here are the latest updates

A Los Angeles bush fire has burned 4,700 acres, destroyed 25 homes, and prompted evacuations for 100,00 people - here are the latest updates

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The Saddleridge bush fire broke out in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The blaze has spread to over 4,700 acres of land, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for about 100,000 people.
The fire has burned at least 25 buildings and led portions of four major freeways to be closed.
One man died in the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.
Warmer, drier conditions driven by climate change have made destructive wildfires more common across California.
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