Fire rages in California even as winds die down

The strong winds that fueled a raging wildfire in the Los Angeles-area are expected to die down some Saturday, a welcome change for the army of firefighters battling the blaze.

The fire, which began Thursday morning, has damaged 15 homes,15 outbuildings and five commercial properties while torching 28,000 acres in the Ventura County area, fire authorities said.

“Onshore winds have begun to diminish this evening allowing for the expiration of all red flag warnings,” the National Weather Service said late Friday.

The winds gusted to 45 mph the past two days, fueling the roaring flames.

Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation Friday for the affluent Ventura County community of Hidden Valley, northwest of Los Angeles. Evacuations remained in effect Friday evening for several other areas, the CNN reports.

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