California Prepares for Wildfire Threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --

Cal Fire mobilized hundreds of firefighters to southern California after a forecast of strong Santa Ana winds threatened to create conditions that fed the October wildfires.

"Weather is similar to or worse than the last event," Cal Fire North Operation Chief Bill Murdock said. "Cal Fire is in the process of one of the larges mobilization of equipment to the south in Department history."

Murdock said 40 strike steams, 410 fire engines, and 11 teams of dozers are among the deployed units from Cal Fire's North Operation.

Many could be deployed through the Thanksgiving holiday, firefighters said.

Fire investigators said October wildfires were largely caused from sparking power lines that fanned fires from the heart of north San Diego from canyons to the east.

More than 300 square miles and 1,000 homes burned during the wildfires and killed three people.

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