SAN DIEGO – Thousands of San Diego County residents woke up the day after Thanksgiving and were still awaiting power Friday after severe fire hazards caused public safety to shut down from San Diego Gas & Electric.
At 7.15am, an estimated 4,452 residents were waiting for the power to return to their homes. Affected communities included Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Fallbrook, Jamul, Potrero and Warner Springs, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.
The outages began Thursday morning as families prepared for Thanksgiving Day, with more than 5,300 customers affected by the crash. 8.15. This number continued with nearly 6,000 late that evening, with the majority of the outages being power outages in public safety. The barriers are intended to reduce the risk of sparks from fires due to defective or damaged equipment in strong winds.
A red flag warning of fire danger remains in effect until 6pm on Friday, driven by strong winds and dry conditions. The National Weather Service forecast calls for easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 55 mph and some isolated areas with even stronger winds. The humidity level will drop to between 5% and 10%.
The strongest recorded gusts on Thursday included 68 mph on Sill Hill, 60 mph on Palomar Mountain and 51 mph on Viejas Grade Road.
Two community resource centers were accessible to people affected by disruptions Friday:
- Descanso Community Resource Center, 9545 River Drive, Descanso, 91916. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Potrero Community Resource Center, 24550 Highway 94 Potrero, 91963. Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In Santee on Thursday, the flames from an 18-acre wildfire came dangerously close to the houses, but firefighters were able to keep the fire at bay. No significant damage was reported despite shocking images of neighbors spraying large flames down with garden hoses.
Out on the Boulevard, the residents of the small rural community spent the day without electricity. The staff at Live Oak Springs Market spoke with FOX 5 about accepting IOUs from customers and dealing with food spoilage during a day of operation without SDG & E service.
FOX 5’s Brittney Donovan contributed to this report.
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