Fire officials expect a southern California wildfire to spread Friday, fueled by continuing Santa Ana winds. They are resuming overflights to drop flame retardant, but urge area residents to be prepared to evacuate.
A southern California wildfire threatened more than 3,000 homes and forced the evacuation of a university on Thursday, burning more than 10,000 acres as it spread down the Pacific Coast.
The Springs Fire was 10 percent contained as of Friday morning, but the Santa Ana winds and extremely dry climate are expected to cause the blaze to grow, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Bill Nash. Six air tankers, which drop thousands of gallons of flame retardant, will resume flights Friday morning after being grounded Thursday because of high winds and radiant heat.
"We've got hot, dirty, unglamorous firefighting work going on right now, guys with shovels trying to scratch out lines on the ground," Captain Nash told NBC News early Friday. "We've got those guys on these steep hillsides in the dark with nothing but the light of the fire and a flashlight."