Image: Fallen tree
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This large pine tree fell across a city street in Glendale Calif., on Thursday.
updated 12/23/2011 10:25:58 AM ET 2011-12-23T15:25:58

California winds that toppled trees and fueled fires are dying down, but there's still a chance of some big gusts into the afternoon.

No wind-related major problems are reported Friday morning. But the National Weather Service says 25 to 45 mph winds with gusts to 65 mph are possible into the early afternoon in the mountains and valleys and at the coasts.

The morning weather remains chilly, and freeze warnings are in effect for much of Central California.

A small brush fire was reported Thursday as well as some power outages, toppled trucks and downed trees but nothing close to the widespread damage the region suffered during a hurricane-force windstorm in November.

The brush fire was reported in a rural foothill canyon area near the small city of Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, said Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman. The blaze spread across 10 acres but was not threatening any homes and was 50 percent contained by Thursday evening.

Gusts of more than 70 mph were recorded at Warm Springs and Chilao in the Angeles National Forest.

About 1,440 Southern California Edison customers lost power Thursday afternoon because of the wind. The hardest hit areas were Garden Grove, Stanton and San Bernardino.

Weather was also blustery in other parts of California.

A large fire pushed by strong wind gusts engulfed three buildings near San Francisco's historic Alamo Square, injuring two firefighters and one other person.

Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph were reported in some areas of the Sierra Nevada, where they pushed two unusual winter wildfires.

During a Nov. 30 Southern California windstorm with gusts approaching 100 mph, trees were toppled, power poles and traffic light standards snapped, homes and cars were damaged, and electricity was cut to nearly 650,000 homes and business.

Most of that damage occurred east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. No injuries were reported amid the blizzard of flying debris, but some homes lost power for a week, triggering complaints against utilities.

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