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Wind Creating New Wildfire Concerns For Central, South Coasts

Santa Ana wind conditions have prompted a Red Flag Warning for high brush fire danger in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, triggering some Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Some Ventura and Los Angeles County mountain and foothill areas could get wind in the 40 to 60 mile an hour range Wednesday night before the wind eases up around midday Thursday.

Parts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties could also see elevated brush fire danger overnight Wednesday due to gusty wind, but it isn’t expected to be strong enough to trigger fire watches or warnings.

More than 1300 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura County were impacted Wednesday afternoon by Public Safety Power Shutoffs intended to prevent brush fires.  Nearly 56,000 others have been warned they are a possibility.  

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.