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High wildfire danger predicted for parts of Central and South Coasts for Thanksgiving holiday weekend

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Lance Orozco
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KCLU
Firefighters are concerned about the potential for wildfires like the 2017 Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. This is the blaze burning near Faria Beach in 2017.

Red Flag Warnings for parts of region.

A Santa Ana wind event is creating potentially dangerous wind conditions for parts of the Tri-Counties for Thanksgiving.

The forecast calls for the wind to be strongest in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. A Red Flag warning for high brush fire danger goes into effect Thanksgiving Day for much of Ventura County, and will remain in place into Friday morning.

Meteorologists say Ventura County could see wind the in the 35-55 mile an hour range, with 50 to 60 mile an hour gusts in the mountains.

Southern California Edison has notified about 17,000 customers in the eastern part of the county that they could experience public safety power shutoffs. The potential impact areas include the area from Thousand Oaks to Fillmore, as well as parts of Westlake Village and Simi Valley.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties could see lighter wind in the foothills and mountains, but it’s not expected to reach warning levels.

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.