Winds churn California wildfires, keep aircraft from helping

VENTURA, Calif (AP) – The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult. The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to taming and containing wildfires have been mostly grounded because it’s too dangerous to fly them in the strong wind. Tuesday saw gusts of over 50mph. More details in Thursday’s Bulletin.