LOS ANGELES -- Crews trying to corral Southern California's enormous wildfire hope to take advantage of a two-day window of calmer winds before potentially dangerous gusts return at midweek, officials said Monday.
The blaze that broke out two weeks ago still threatens communities northwest of Los Angeles, where thousands remain under evacuation orders.
Cooler temperatures, slightly higher humidity and light winds forecast for Monday and Tuesday will be "critical" for firefighters hoping to make progress against the Thomas Fire, said fire spokesman Capt. Rick Crawford.
"For right now the winds seem very favorable," he said. "We're always looking out for those unpredictable gusts."