Heavy winds could help grow wildfires, U.S. officials warn
Los Angeles fire officials say they are worried about two major wildfires that could be aided by nightly winds that are predicted to speed up to more than 60 mph, pushing the blazes closer to pricey neighborhoods on the Pacific coast, reports CNN.
At least two people have died because of the blazes that have burned 8,000 acres in the hills and mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, fire and police officials said.
The fires prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in the two counties, a move that will allow the areas to get more federal aid.
Officials said that investigators have not yet determined a cause for either blaze.