Record heat stokes fire fears in East County

Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 23:00:44-04

SAN DIEGO COUNTY (KGTV) -- Scorched earth from last weekend's fire off Highway 94 in Campo serves as the latest reminder for East County neighbors that fire season is not over.

Nearby Potrero saw temperatures in the high 80's Tuesday along with gusts over 30 miles per hour.

“It’s very scary actually," said Erin Warfield, who almost lost her house the last time fires burned in Potrero. "With the winds and the heat and it's so dry - you never know when they’re going to come.”

Potrero was one of a multitude of towns that were warned of a potential power standby.

SDG&E stops transmitting power in lines when the weather reaches a certain threshold they get to when factoring the wind, heat and humidity.

Only 87 residents in Sill Hill were without power Tuesday after the power utility shut down their lines after gusts of 59 mph.

SDG&E says the strongest winds passed through Tuesday morning and they expect power to be restored for all customers once crews make a safety inspection of the lines.