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Wind Brings High Fire Danger To South Coast; Thousands Face Potential Power Shutoffs

There’s a Red Flag Warning in place for southern Santa Barbara County, with potentially dangerous wind between now and Sunday. Some of the strongest wind is expected Saturday night into Sunday, with gusts from 50 to 70 miles an hour possible in the Santa Ynez Mountain range.

By Sunday night, the wind issues will shift south, with powerful gusts possible in Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains. The wind means a big increase in brush fire potential.

The wind and the threat of fires prompted Southern California Edison to issue warnings for potential precautionary power shutoffs to more than 50,000 customers in Southern California.

The list is constantly changing due to weather conditions, but it includes more than 24,000 customers in Southern Santa Barbara County, and 4,000 in Ventura County. You can find a link to the latest Edison shutoff information here:

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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