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Public Safety Power Shutoff Due To Brush Fire Danger Affects Some Ventura County Residents

(Southern California Edison photo)

Southern California Edison officials say the ongoing brush fire danger due to dangerous wind conditions has prompted them to do a Public Safety Power Shutoff to some of its customers in high risk areas, including parts of Ventura County.

The utility company reports that at 11:30 Thursday morning, shutoffs were in place for about 12,000 Southern California customers.  They include some in the Fillmore, Simi Valley, and Santa Susana areas. 

More than 23,000 customers in Ventura County had been notified they could be impacted by shutoffs, but there's no word on how many in the county are currently affected.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties from 3 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.  Wind topping 50 miles an hour is possible on the coast and inland, and up to 70 miles an hour in the mountains.

The Santa Ana wind event is expected to only have a minimal impact on Santa Barbara County, with no Public Safety Power Shutoffs proposed. 

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. 
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