Fears of fires rise as the mercury goes up
Hundreds of East County residents are waking up with no electricity because of the strong winds and fire danger.
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Power remained shut off Monday for some areas of San Diego's East and North counties due to continuing high winds.
As a precaution, San Diego Gas & Electric turned off power for thousands of residents over the weekend in areas such as Descanso, Ramona, Valley Center, Pauma Valley, Jacumba and Boulevard.
SDG&E officials said the shut-off was initiated because high winds could potentially knock down a power line, which could spark a fire.
National Weather Service officials, due to the ongoing Santa Ana winds and low humidity across San Diego, extended the region's Red Flag Warning to 7 p.m. Monday.
SDG&E began shutting down to some areas on Saturday night, with an expectation of restoration when the Red Flag Warning ends.
Customers in Julian received a voicemail alerting them that power was expected to be shut off amid the high-wind event.
Warnings were also posted along Interstate 8 in the Alpine area warning drivers that "high-profile vehicles not advised."
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