Firefighters in Los Angeles receive a brush burning index report that indicates the fire danger.
The number for Thursday is 296، the highest it has ever been، according to Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
Terrazas and other officials in Southern California warned residents that a series of wildfires fueled by wicked Santa Ana winds and dangerously dry vegetation likely was going to get even worse in the next 24 hours.
More than 100،000 acres in Southern California have burned with little containment. Overworked firefighters caught a little bit of a break Wednesday when the winds eased somewhat، but the forecast for the next three days was bad news on top of bad news.
The winds will pick up، with gusts up to 64 mph، before they taper down again. Humidity will be super dry — less than 10%. Red flag warnings will be in effect through Saturday night، 24 hours later than originally predicted.