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Fires threaten power lines serving thousands in Southern California

Nearly 3,000 households and businesses in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have been impacted by the Thomas fire, which has burned 155,000 acres since Monday, according to Southern California Edison.

The fire continues to threaten transmission lines serving the Santa Barbara area, where customers have experienced intermittent outages and power surges, the utility said. As of Sunday morning, 89,017 customers have experienced power outages as a result of fires raging across Southern California the utility said.

Out of the 305 damaged poles, 58 have been replaced, but progress will be determined by weather, terrain and the movement of the fire, the company said on its website.

“When fully assessed, we anticipate the magnitude of the damage to be extensive,” said the utility.

UPDATES

7:05 a.m.: This story has been updated with more customers — 89,017 — experiencing power outages as of Sunday morning.

This story originally published at 4:35 a.m.

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