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Wind triggers brush fire concerns on Central, South Coasts

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A National Weather Service map of brush fire concern zones for Thanksgiving Day

Red Flag Warning for parts of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties until Friday

The weather pattern is once again creating elevated brush fire danger for parts of the Central and South Coasts.

The strongest wind is occurring in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, with Red Flag Warnings in place until Friday. Some mountain areas could see gusts up to 70 miles an hour. 50 mile an hour wind is possible in valley and coastal areas.

The strongest wind is expected from now throw midday Thursday, with a gradual easing as we move through Thanksgiving Day into Friday.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are also seeing increased wind as a result of the weather pattern, but it isn’t strong enough to trigger Red Flag warnings.

The concern about the potential for brush fires prompted Southern California Edison to notify about 40,000 Ventura County customers they could be impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

The warnings include some Edison customers in the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Santa Paula and Fillmore areas.

PG & E officials say there are no plans for public safety power shutoffs on the Central Coast at this time.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.