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High winds will continue until 2 p.m. at least

November 15, 2008 | 12:27 pm

Firefighters can't lick those winds, which continue to fuel fires across the region. Here's the latest from the National Weather Service via City News Service:

Smoke from the Sylmar fire is so thick over the San Fernando and Conejo valleys that it is plainly visible to weather satellites orbiting the Earth, the National Weather Service said today. “Decent-size smoke plumes from wildfires are pushing southwest over portions of the coast, valley and foothill areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties this morning,” the Weather Service said in a statement issued at 10:44 a.m. The Weather Service forecasters at the Oxnard office predicted that high wind warnings will be continued through 2 p.m. today, and will likely be downgraded to wind advisories after that time. Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour will drop to about 35 mph later today and Sunday, the forecast statement said. “Winds should finally start diminishing Sunday night,” the Weather Service said.

--Shelby Grad