SAN DIEGO (CNS) – At least 70,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power Thursday morning due to public safety power shutoffs amid increased fire hazards caused by Santa Ana winds.
As of 10:30 a.m., SDG&E said service was turned off to 70,613 customers in the areas of 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.
Another 24,541 under consideration for shutoffs; the utility did not immediately say when power would be restored.
As of 7 p.m., the company said about 45,000 customers remained without power.
According to the San Diego County Office of Education, the outages forced the closure of the following school districts on Thursday and Friday: Alpine Union, Dehesa, Valley Center-Pauma Unified, Warner Unified.
These Poway Unified School District schools will be closed due to the shutoffs: Pomerado Elementary, Garden Elementary, Painted Rock Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle School, Abraxas High School, and Poway High School.
These schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District were also closed due to the shutoffs and the Willow Fire that erupted overnight: Hillsdale Middle, Jamacha Elementary, Rancho San Diego Elementary, Vista Grande Elementary. Jamacha Elementary will be closed Friday, as well.
Two Lakeside Union School District schools, Eucalyptus Hills and Lakeside Farms, will also be closed Thursday and Friday, the COE said.
At 8 a.m. Thursday, SDG&E opened community resource centers in the communities of Descanso, Lake Morena, Pine Valley, Julian, Fallbrook, Dulzura, Warner Springs, Potrero, Ramona and Valley Center. Those centers will remain open until 10 p.m. and offer access to water, Wi-Fi, ice, snacks, phone and medical device charging, water trucks for livestock and up-to-date information on outages.
The exact locations of the community resource centers can be found at: www.sdge.com/public-safety-power-shutoff.
The company on Tuesday notified about 88,700 of its customers in inland communities they could be subject to public-safety power shutoffs from Wednesday night into the weekend, and potentially through Monday.