California fire crews, homeowners brace for return of winds

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters follow a hose line while walking rugged and scorched terrain below E. Camino Cielo near Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday. Officials estimate that the fire will grow to become the biggest in California history before full containment, expected by Jan. 7.

LOS ANGELES — After a welcome lull in powerful winds that drove Southern California’s massive wildfire, crews and homeowners were bracing Wednesday braced for the return of potentially dangerous gusts that could revive the flames.