Strong winds hamper crews battling Los Angeles area’s first major fire of the year

Strong winds hamper crews battling Los Angeles area’s first major fire of the year

Winds blew embers ahead of flames and thwarted efforts by aircraft crews to drop water: ‘It sprays everywhere we don’t need it’

Strong winds were pushing flames through dry brush in mountains along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles and officials warned residents in the wildfire’s path to be prepared to leave if it explodes in size again.

The blaze, dubbed the Post fire, was just 2% contained on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported. The cause was under investigation.

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