CA winds cause damage

California's 100-mph Santa Ana winds were downing trees, fanning wildfires, and causing damage to homes and buildings.

BY SUSAN KIM | MALIBU, Calif. | January 7, 2003


California's 100-mph Santa Ana winds were downing trees, fanning wildfires, and causing damage to homes and buildings throughout the Malibu, Norco and San Diego areas early Tuesday.

Many people also saw their vehicles overturned or damaged by falling limbs and flying debris.

Some 300,000 people in Los Angeles were without power, and many won't have power for several days.

By Tuesday morning, brush fires in the area had burned some 1,200 acres. Four homes had burned in Riverside.

A brush fire in Malibu threatened more than 1,500 homes, most of them multi-million dollar mansions. By Tuesday morning, that fire had damaged three houses and forced several dozen residents to evacuate in the Encinal and Decker canyons.

"The single biggest problem is definitely the winds, they are very sporadic," said Mike Brown, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Brown said firefighters hoped to have the blaze controlled Tuesday, when the winds were expected to calm.

The dry, warm Santa Ana winds which typically blow from September through February blow from the desert interior toward the coast.


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