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California Fire Threat Peaks Sunday as Dry Winds Sweep State

  • Fire threat has prompted scattered outages near Los Angeles
  • Fire risks may return for Thanksgiving holiday later this week
Firefighters battle the Alisal Fire near Goleta, California, in October. 

Firefighters battle the Alisal Fire near Goleta, California, in October. 

Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images

Hot dry winds sweeping across Southern California are raising the risk of wildfires, potentially leaving more than 16,000 customers in the dark with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching. 

Up to 16,738 customers could lose their power as Edison International’s Southern California Edison grapples with the rising fire threat, according to the utility’s website. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued red flag fire warnings as Santa Ana winds pick up through Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Sunday.