Thousands of SoCal Edison customers had their power restored on Friday after the utility issued preemptive outages this week to prevent wildfires.
Dry, windy conditions around the Southland prompted SCE to shut off power to more than 73,000 customers on Thanksgiving Day.
That number was reduced overnight, but more than 42,000 were in the dark early Friday morning.
According to SCE’s website, more than 20,000 customers were still without power as of 1:30 p.m. Friday in the following counties:
- Los Angeles: 9,244
- Riverside: 2,682
- San Bernardino: 2,077
- Ventura: 6,885
Shortly before 5 p.m., however, Ben Gallagher of SCE confirmed that all power had been restored.
SCE spokesperson Gabriela Ornelas said the power shutoffs are ordered only after all other options to prevent fires have been exhausted.
“Public safety power shut offs are a tool of last resort that we use to protect our customers,” Ornelas said.
Wildfires can spark and spread quickly amid dry and windy conditions. Wind gusts reached 70 mph in some areas Thursday.
Red flag warnings were in place until 6 p.m. Friday for parts of Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Warnings may be extended into the weekend as dangerous fire conditions could continue for some areas.
Local fire departments have increased their staffing this week to quickly douse any wildfires that may start.
Residents in high fire risk areas are asked to be ready to evacuate if needed.