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Santa Ana wind in forecast for Tri-Counties for much of Thanksgiving week, with spike in wildfire danger

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Santa Ana winds are once again creating wildfire concerns for parts of the Central and South Coasts. This is a picture of the wind-driven 2018 Woolsey wildfire, which burned nearly 100,000 of land in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Increased wind expected throughout region, but Ventura County could see the biggest impacts

High brush fire danger is going to be back for parts of the Tri-Counties for the next few days, with Santa Ana winds returning to the region.

Starting Wednesday afternoon, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will again see the most powerful Santa Ana winds. It’s not expected to be as strong as the events earlier this month, but it could still be in the 35 to 55 mile an hour range, with gusts in the mountains topping 60 mph.

About 17,000 Southern California Edison Customers in Ventura County have been notified they might face precautionary power shutoffs. But, so far no Red Flag Warnings have been issued.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counites will also see increased wind conditions, especially in the foothills and mountains. Peak winds in the 20 to 35 mile an hour range are predicted. The wind is expected to ease Friday morning.

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.