A Morning Filled with Flames

Wind-lashed fires level homes in Southern California

All night long, the hot Santa Ana winds swept out of the Mojave Desert, gusting through communities south of Los Angeles at speeds topping 60 m.p.h. In Anaheim, just before dawn, the high winds blew down a power line, setting the fronds of a palm tree afire. Sparks showered onto the dry wooden shingles of a nearby rooftop, which exploded into flames. Sped by the winds, the sparks leaped from roof to roof, from street to street. For three hours, the fire raged out of control as residents...

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