Thousands are left without power in Southern California amid wildfire fears as Santa Ana winds whip up to 65mph
- Utility shut off electricity for thousands amid fears of wildfires in California
- At least 3,000 lost power on Thanksgiving and 100,000 are at risk of blackouts
- A red flag warning indicating extreme fire danger is in effect in the state
A utility started shutting off electricity to prevent blazes being ignited by damage to power lines due to the strong 65mph winds.
In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, at least 3,000 people lost electricity on Thursday, and another 100,000 are at risk of losing power.
Thousands of people in Southern California have lost power over Thanksgiving weekend after a utility shut off electricity amid wildfire fears
A red flag warning indicating extreme fire danger is in effect across large parts of Southern California (file image)
A red flag warning indicating extreme fire danger is in effect across large parts of Southern California.
Very dry conditions and Santa Ana winds are expected to last until Saturday.
The winds will rattle a large region from northwest of Los Angeles to the Mexico border, according to the National Weather Service.
Critical fire conditions could be caused by the winds which come from land towards the coast.
They come from higher elevations and dry out and speed up through canyons, creating the ideal conditions for a blaze.
Dry conditions across the state combined with the Santa Ana winds make wildfires likely, authorities say. Pictured: Thanksgiving in La Jolla
The winds will rattle a large region from northwest of Los Angeles to the Mexico border, according to the National Weather Service
The winds are expected to be cold, with temperatures in the mid-60s and low 70s for those affected.
Southern California Edison’s public safety website showed blackouts could occur for 51,000 customers in San Bernardino County.
Nearly 28,000 in Los Angeles, 11,000 in Ventura, 7,000 in Riverside and 6,000 in Orange County are also at risk.
The Interstate 5 corridor in the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to endure the strongest winds.
Southern California Edison’s public safety website showed blackouts could occur for 51,000 customers in San Bernardino County (file image)
On Wednesday, the LA Weather Service said: The Fire Weather Watch for most of LA and Ventura Counties has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning effective Thu afternoon and most of Friday.
‘Be careful with anything that could start a fire and remember Ready! Set! Go!’
Forecasters said trees and power lines are likely to be felled before the winds weaken over the weekend.
More than four million acres have been devoured this season by flames in California alone, where 31 people have died in some of the largest fires in the state’s history.
Around 10,400 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the raging fires across the state this year.