Gusty Thanksgiving winds hit Southern California; prompt wildfire dangers, wind warnings, potential power outages

Gusty winds returned to the Southland for Thanksgiving, prompting red flag and high wind warnings across much of the region Thursday.

Video showed winds damaging trees and blowing debris around in Fontana overnight.

Officials have issued a high wind warning for parts of Southern California through Thursday and red flag warnings that will extend into Friday morning.

Forecasters are calling for gusty winds up to 70 mph for some mountain and pass areas. Gusts from 40 to 50 mph are possible in the coast and valley regions, according to the National Weather Service.

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A two acre blaze erupted in the Lake Mathews area in Riverside County late Wednesday night.

The brush fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. and spread quickly due to the windy conditions.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

As of 10 p.m., Southern California Edison reported nine current outages impacting 1,806 customers.

The utility company also said additional outages for public safety may impact as many as 49,211 customers across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties.

SCE services more than 5 million customers, according to its website.