California wildfires could shift with weather changes

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-04 18:44:58-04

CNN– Firefighters and homeowners are hoping Saturday’s cool ocean breezes and possible rain will weaken a Los Angeles area wildfire that has burned 28,000 acres in two days and now threatens 4,000 homes.

According to the California department of forestry and fire protection, the potential weather change could be a mixed blessing.

Firefighters are working tirelessly to contain wildfires that look ominous even from space.

Thousands of homes still in danger as the inferno tears through tens of thousands of acres.

Lauren Tunzi’s family decided to evacuate as smoke started to cloud behind their home, “You’re put into hyper-drive mode, but you need to stay calm and make sure you get everything out that’s not replaceable.”

Saturday brought hope of relief.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, higher humidity and lower temperatures brought on by a low pressure weather system has created an opportunity to increase containment.

“It’s going to give us a leg up on the fire. It’s going to make the conditions better for us to get that containment line built around it.”

But there is reason to be cautious, as the chance for isolated thunderstorms comes with the risk of lightning that could spark new fires.

While evacuation orders were lifted in parts of Newbury Park, and at California state university, several areas are still under orders as crews chip away at the blaze.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done. A lot of hard, manual labor that’s going to need to happen out there.”

Though drought season typically begins much later in the year, the Los Angeles area has seen less than two inches of rain since January.