Trump freed up federal resources to help California in flamesStaff Writer | December 9, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump freed up federal resources to assist efforts to combat massive wildfires outside Los Angeles and further south that are fueled by powerful seasonal winds for a fifth day.
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Thousands of firefighters in southern California are combatting a half-dozen wildfires from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego that have already forced thousands of residents to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of structures.
The blazes are being accelerated by powerful annual winds known as Santa Anas and low humidity. The strong winds are expected to persist throughout parts of southern California through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. ■