FALLBROOK, California (AP) A wildfire at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Santa San Diego County accelerated evacuation orders early Thursday as Santa Ana winds brought dry and dry conditions to the southeast. California, Forcing utilities to cut thousands.
Evacuation orders were issued for about 7,000 residents on the west side of Falbrook’s community and for some Camp Pendleton locations, the base and California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety said.
The fire increased to about 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) by dawn, but was held to that size in the afternoon.
The National Weather Service said the Santa Anas, which began to flow on Wednesday, were somewhat unusual, peaking shortly after midnight instead of Thursday morning.
As winds weakened and relative humidity levels began to recover, sporadic light rain occurred around Southern California.
The red flag warning was canceled for significant fire weather in most of the region except the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura County.
With weather conditions improving, utilities had begun to restore power to thousands of customers who were actively blacked out to prevent fires from starting power lines to wind damage.
This process requires inspection of the lines to ensure that there is no damage before they are reactivated.
Forecasts are expected for storms on Friday and Sunday in Northern California and precipitation in Southern California during the weekend.
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