California Conditions Are 'Worst-Case Scenario' The devastating wildfires threatening much of Southern California this week are being driven by a punishing combination of weather conditions: the worst drought in decades, and stronger than usual, hurricane-force Santa Ana winds. Even wildfire veterans are calling it a worst-case scenario.
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California Conditions Are 'Worst-Case Scenario'

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California Conditions Are 'Worst-Case Scenario'

California Conditions Are 'Worst-Case Scenario'

California Conditions Are 'Worst-Case Scenario'

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The devastating wildfires threatening much of Southern California this week are being driven by a punishing combination of weather conditions: the worst drought in decades, and stronger than usual, hurricane-force Santa Ana winds.

Even wildfire veterans are calling it a worst-case scenario.