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The hot, dry Santa Ana winds were waning Wednesday, a boon for firefighters and Southern Californians who hope the lull in "devil winds" is more than a respite.

The winds, which brought top gusts of 100 mph Tuesday, were expected to fizzle Wednesday afternoon to between 15 mph and 35 mph, with maximum gusts in the region predicted to be cut in half.

Even diluted, the winds still pose a danger, as they can carry wildfire embers into other vulnerable patches of parched woodland. Read full article »

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