FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — California just can’t catch a break this year.
According to the National Weather Service offices in southern California, there is a high fire danger on Thanksgiving due to the Santa Ana winds.
The Santa Ana winds are dry, high-speed downsloping winds which blow from the mountains to the coast in southern California.
The strong and gusty northeast wind is expected to remain elevated from Thanksgiving through Friday.
Santa Ana wind for later this week - Thanksgiving Day through late Friday evening. Strong NE wind gusts across much of LA/VTA Counties and low humidity. This is a cold #SantaAna so highs will be in the 60's to low 70's. #CAwx #SOCal #LAwind pic.twitter.com/BayKEsElFJ
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 24, 2020
Unfortunately, a southern California utility company could turn off the power to thousands of customers for the holiday weekend because of the wildfire threat.
According to the Southern California Edison website, 76,000 customers could be in the dark on Thanksgiving in Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
This high fire danger is hot on the heels of an already record-breaking year of destructive wildfires across the Golden State.
California’s largest wildfire on record is now a million-acre "gigafire" (400 thousand hectares)
The August Complex Fire in Northern California has now burned an area larger than Rhode Island.
Total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres. pic.twitter.com/M9QiJx61ad
— Carbon Watchdog ����♻️��⚡ (@carbonwatchdog) October 7, 2020
According to Cal Fire, more than 9,200 fires have scorched over 4.1 million acres.
This year has featured five of the six largest wildfires in the history of California.
The August Complex Fire is the largest fire in state history and it scorched over 1 million acres.
It was sparked by thousands of lightning strikes in August 2020.