Powerful Santa Ana Winds helped fuel three major wildfires in Southern California early Tuesday (10/14) that have charred thousands of acres, destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate neighborhoods in suburban Los Angeles and northern San Diego County.
The Senson fire burning in the hills above Porter Ranch, California, doubled in size overnight and has now burned over 10-thousand acres.
More than two thousand firefighters and a fleet of water and
retardant-dropping aircraft battled the fire.
Winds were blowing at 50 mph in parts of the valley by 1 a.m. Tuesday, with gusts of up to 80 mph possible in higher elevations.
Firefighters had little to no containment of any of the fires early Tuesday.
Authorities have confirmed that 19 structures, some of them homes, were destroyed by the Sesnon Fire.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and urged residents to be prepared for anything.