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Downed trees and thousands of people without power. Thanksgiving in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties kicked off with a red flag warning and hot, dry gusts of Santa Ana winds that were expected to peak Thursday afternoon and taper out by Friday morning.
A high-wind advisory was issued until midafternoon for the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, the Ventura valleys, as well as for the Santa Monica and Los Angeles County mountains. Winds were expected to gust as high as 60 to 75 mph in more mountainous areas, with one particularly windy hot spot between Santa Clarita and Burbank — known as the Magic Mountain Truck Trail — hitting 91 mph as of 8 a.m. Thursday.
Wind conditions, even after they’ve peaked, are expected to remain fairly gusty until late morning Friday. Weather officials advised fire-prone communities to remain alert.
“The air will still be dry enough to cause that heightened fire risk,” said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.