Santa Ana Winds Return to SoCal, Bringing Elevated Risk of Fire Danger to Region

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Another Santa Ana wind event is expected to sweep through the region this week, bringing with it the potential threat of wildfire danger, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Forecasts called for weak Santa Ana winds to develop through mid-week with peak gusts of up to 40 mph. Moderate winds remain possible on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s in parts of the region, including Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Simi Valley and San Bernardino, according to the weather service. Humidity will be low through Wednesday.

Anaheim was "the hottest place in America" on Monday, when the city reached a high of 98, according to the National Weather Service. Yorba Linda reached 97, while Fullerton, Chino, Santee, Long Beach and Death Valley reached 96, the agency reported.

 

The conditions prompted Southern California Edison to warn thousands of customers of potential power outages to mitigate the elevated fire threat.

The potential service outages have been a way for the utilities in the state to try and mitigate the risk of elevated fire danger from high winds and low humidity.

Such conditions are expected to be present in Southern California through Wednesday.

As of 8:30 a.m., no customers were without power, but more than 17,000 SoCal Edison customers faced the risk of possibly losing service in L.A, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

But by early afternoon, no warning remained for any customers, according to the utility's website.

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