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The Latest: Southern California Faces Worst-Ever Santa Ana Wind Risk

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – California’s top firefighter says the state is in for the worst Santa Ana wind conditions it’s ever seen. Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says the wind wildfire threat to Southern California for Thursday is purple. The has color never used before, means there is extreme danger and that fires that erupt will burn uncontrollably. Below that is red, meaning high danger of fires that burn rapidly and intensely and are difficult to control. Pimlott says the winds could hit 80 mph (129 kph) and make it impossible to fight Southern California wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and buildings. Five wind-driven flames continue to threaten homes in Ventura and Los Angeles. Some 200,000 people are under evacuation orders.