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From: DL
06-Dec-17

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This is southern California’s fall colors. When Santa Ana winds off the desert start blowing 40-50mph and a fire starts this is the result. This morning one fire was burning an acre a minute. Not much you can do. I knew a fireman with cal fire down there and he said you just let it burn till it hits the ocean. Can you imagine a fire blowing 50 mph and trying to get out of its way? Aerial bombing is about all you can do.

From: Rhody
06-Dec-17

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I live on the edge of the Thomas Aquinas Fire here in Santa Paula. It's still burning on the ride above me. Photo just shot at 7:26 pm, about 2 miles away, running up Timber Cyn. at around 4000' in elevation. I'm at 300'. I have a front porch view of all that is happening. This fire most likely will burn for weeks since it is in steep terrain now into the back country of Ventura County. Some of the areas that it's burning hasn't burned for over 100 years. Lots of avocado orchards have burned and some still. The leaves of avocado trees lay down a mat of leaves more than a foot thick.

I got the order this morning from the Sheriffs Dept. to be prepared to leave. I watched 6 helicopters from Hueys, Mi Mi's, Blackhawks and a Kaman counter rotating helicopter dump water on strategic spots all day today.

The wind was blowing on the 4th of Dec. at a constant 50mph+ all night. Ripped off some of the tin on my vegetable stand. We lost power for 6 hours on the overnight where the Fire had ran and jumped ridge to ridge 15 miles in 3 hours and burned 170 homes and apartments, of which 2 friends lived in. We lost power for just over an hour today.

Etymology of the naming of Santa Ana Winds The most well-accepted explanation for the name Santa Ana winds is that it is derived from the Santa Ana Canyon in Orange County, one of the many locations the winds blow intensely.[1][4] Newspaper references to the name Santa Ana winds date as far back as 1886. By 1893, controversy had broken out over whether this name was a corruption of the Spanish term Santana (a running together of the words Santa Ana), or the different term Satanás, meaning Satan. However, newspaper mention of the term "Satanás" in reference to the winds did not begin appearing until more than 60 years later. A possible explanation is that the spoken Spanish language merges two identical vowels in elision, when one ends a word and the other begins the next word. Thus the Spanish pronunciation of the phrase "Santa Ana" sounds like "Santana."

Another attempt at explanation of the name claims that it derives from a Native American term for "devil wind" that was altered by the Spanish into the form "Satanás" (meaning Satan), and then later corrupted into "Santa Ana." However, an authority on Native American language claims this term "Santana" never existed in that tongue.

A third explanation places the origin of the term Santa Ana winds with an Associated Press correspondent stationed in Santa Ana in 1902, who documented the name "Santa Ana winds," or possibly mistook the term "Santana" or "Satanás" for "Santa Ana." Another derivation favored by the late well-known KABC television meteorologist, Dr. George Fischbeck, cited the etymology of the Santana winds as coming from the early Mexicano/Angeleno: "Caliente aliento de Satanás" or "hot breath of Satan." This is likely a false etymology or folk etymology, though. Originally, the so called "Santa Anna Winds" were actually coined back in the 1800's by a reporter as "Satan Winds

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