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Santa Ana Winds Trigger Power Shutoff as Wildfires Burn in California

Strong Santa Ana winds triggered power shutoffs in California as new wildfires sparked and continued to spread on Thursday, December 3, officials said.

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE) said it cut power to about 73,300 customers to lessen wildfire risk. The power company said on Thursday that “record” wind speeds were reported at SDGE weather stations, with the top gust reaching 94 mph at Sill Hill in San Diego County.

Twitter user @Tippolphotograp said this video shows gusty wind and wildfire smoke at around 6:30 am on Thursday in Santa Ana, located in Orange County. The Bond Fire burning in Orange County grew to about 3,650 acres as of Thursday morning, fire officals said.

The National Weather Service of San Diego issued a red flag warning for high wind that was in effect until Saturday night. Credit: @Tippolphotograp via Storyful