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San Diego County Red Flag Wildfire Warning | Power outages, school closures & weather updates

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Power Outage Information

SDG&E is urging customers on Sunday to be prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoffs and has notified approximately 50,483 customers that they could be without power beginning Monday night into Wednesday, depending on the severity of winds and potential damage to the electric system

As of 12:00 a.m., Saturday SDG&E listed no customers without power. For ongoing updates, click here.

SDG&E had reported a round of safety outages that began Wednesday evening and continued into Thursday morning. The utility tweeted that due to high winds, the power was shut off in certain areas. The following communities were without power: Alpine, Barona Reservation, Boulevard, Campo, Campo Reservation, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Encinitas (Olivenhain), Escondido, Ewiiaapaayp Reservation, Fallbrook, Jacumba, Jamul, Jamul Reservation, Julian, Lakeside, La Jolla Reservation, La Posta Reservation, Los Cayotes Reservation, Manzanita Reservation, Mesa Grande Reservation, Mount Laguna, Nestor, Pala, Pala Reservation, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Reservation, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Ranchita, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, Rincon Reservation, San Marcos, San Pasqual Reservation, Santa Ysabel, Santa Ysabel Reservation, Valley Center, Viejas Reservation and Warner Springs.

Check the SDG&E outage map here >>

SDG&E crews have begun visual inspections of a limited number of electrical circuits in areas where winds have decreased and where it is safe to do that work. Inspections of power lines are the first step in the power restoration process, after a Public Safety Power Shutoff. The utility says the inspections will help determine if there is any wind damage.

To support affected residents, SDG&E plans to open up to 10 drive-thru Community Resource Centers today from 8 a.m. –10 p.m. in impacted areas. These facilities provide ice, water, snacks, charging for small electronics, up-to-date information, hand warmers and other cold-weather items. 

For a complete list of Community Resource Centers and additional information on power outages and restoration, please visit sdge.com/ready.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, due to the wildfire warning, San Diego Gas & Electric notified about 88,700 of its customers in inland communities that they could be subject to potential public-safety power shutoffs from Wednesday night into the weekend, and potentially through Monday.

School Closure Information

Due to power outages in the community, schools in the following districts will be closed on Friday, Dec. 4: 

  • Alpine Union 
  • Dehesa 
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified 
  • Warner Unified 

The following schools will also be closed Dec. 4 due to continuing power outages: 

  • Cajon Valley Union School District: Jamacha Elementary  
  • Lakeside Union School District: Eucalyptus Hills and Lakeside Farms

School district leadership and the San Diego County Office of Education will continue to monitor the situation and consult with local fire and utility representatives.

Weather Alert Information

Arid Santa Ana winds will increase in strength and become widespread across the county late Wednesday night, with 50-mph gusts possible in the mountains and the western valleys, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, humidity levels dipping below 10%, sustained 30-plus-mph winds and gusts of 60 mph or higher will create "extremely critical" combustion hazards in local mountain communities into the early afternoon, the federal agency reported. Affected highland areas include those east of Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido and Fallbrook, meteorologists advised.

In response to the expected atmospheric conditions, the NWS issued a red-flag wildfire warning for local inland valley and highland areas, effective from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Saturday. The most intensive critical fire weather conditions are expected to last from Wednesday night through Friday morning, meteorologists advised.

The dry and windy weather pattern is likely to continue into next week, though likely in a weakened manner, according to forecasters.

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