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Wildfire Burning Out of Control in Southern California; Homes Evacuated Near I-8Aired January 3, 2001 - 9:27 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Want to show you those live pictures once again from Southern California, from Alpine, California. The flames were started only -- broke out just about a couple of hours ago.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Wow.
KAGAN: This is already burning several hundred acres, burning out of control. There are homes in this area. Once again, this is about 30 miles east of San Diego.
Maybe we can bring Flip in and he can talk a little bit more about the conditions there.
HARRIS: It must be great conditions for a fire because this didn't take long to build...
KAGAN: No, no.
HARRIS: ... if you're only talking about a couple of hours.
KAGAN: We're looking at a couple of hours.
FLIP SPICELAND, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, we know it's been very dry in Southern California. You can see that the wind is really blowing hard. We can see how the smoke is being blown away. That having been said, I just ran the data out of Southern California and I didn't see anyone in this area reporting really blustery winds. Up around Ontario it's really huffing and puffing, but in this areas I didn't see it real bad. But, of course, on the other hand, this is the time of morning when the winds would be dying down the most.
And, Daryn, maybe you can speak to this a little bit. Is this a mountainous area?
KAGAN: Yes, it's hilly. People go from San Diego. You go up there. Great apples are grown in that area.
SPICELAND: Yes. Well, no, no, people will recognize the area by you saying that. And in the mountainous areas, of course, the wind is also much, much stronger.
KAGAN: OK. HARRIS: We've seen that in recent days, in particular.
So, anyway, in that area there are wind advisories in effect right now and expected to stay in effect throughout most of the day today. And as we said, up around Ontario there are high-wind warnings in effect, and they're expecting wind blasts up to 60 miles an hour.
This is a Santa Ana wind, and in downtown L.A. today, they're expected to go to 81 degrees. So hot, dry weather is going to continue in Southern California today. We'll talk about the rest of the weather when I see you a little bit later in the hour.
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