SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Gas and Electric shut down power this week to thousands of San Diego County residents due to a safety threat from high winds and due to the Lilac Fire.
The winds have the potential to knock down power lines and spark a fire.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, about than 5,000 County residents had power shut off for safety reasons.
SDG&E staged field crews in areas with the gustiest winds.
The power company has a wind mapping tool to measure which areas are experiencing the strongest gusts. The information will be used to determine when power needs to be shut off for public safety.