SoCal Edison May Shutdown Power On Thanksgiving Due To Fire Warnings

Henrietta Strickland
November 28, 2020

Fire weather will return to Southern California on Thanksgiving with the onset of Santa Ana winds, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

A gust hit 79 miles per hour (127.1 kph) at Fremont Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains early Friday, the NWS said.

The Interstate 5 corridor in the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to experience the strongest winds, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles. At least 51,000 San Bernardino County customers alone could be affected. "A fire weather watch is in place from Thanksgiving day through Friday evening". "Be careful with anything that could start a fire and remember Ready! Set! Go!"

The Santa Anas will affect the region from northwest of Los Angeles down to the Mexico border, with timing and strength depending on location, according to the National Weather Service.

Almost 100,000 Southern California Edison customers across six counties could see their power shut off Friday as part of a larger effort by the utility to reduce the risk of wildfires during windy conditions, officials said.

"Those living in wildland interfaces and areas vulnerable to wildfire should have a plan and be ready to evacuate if a fire starts", they said.

The gusty, dry northeast winds will kick up on Thursday and persist into Sunday, lowering humidity levels and warming temperatures to levels above normal, forecasters said. Although the annual rainy season has begun in far Northern California and snows have returned to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Southern California has remained largely dry.

Common in the fall but possible at other times, the winds have fanned many catastrophic wildfires. This year's fires have killed more than 30 people so far and have featured five of the six largest wildfires in California's recorded history.

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