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Power shutoffs affect more than 5,000 PG&E customers Thanksgiving morning

PG& E started Thanksgiving Day announcing it was shutting off power for public safety reasons to for 5,311 customers due to critical fire weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from Wednesday night through Friday evening, with the potential for strong gusty winds and low humidity.

Parts of these communities are affected:

  • Alpine
  • Boulevard
  • Campo Reservation
  • Cuyapaipe Reservation
  • Descanso
  • Jamul
  • La Jolla Reservation
  • Pala
  • Pauma Reservation
  • Pauma Valley
  • Potrero
  • Viejas Reservation

The Red Flag alert was issued for San Diego County’s inland valleys and mountains. However, all residents should be alert because if any fires ignite under red flag conditions they could spread rapidly, officials warned.

Accuweather predicts a warm, breezy day with a high of 79 degrees today and 76 degrees Friday.

The National Weather Service was reporting northeast winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and some isolated gusts of up to 75 miles per hour for San Diego County valleys and mountain areas.

A small craft advisory also is in effect for the waters from San Mateo point to the Mexican Border until noon. Conditions will be hazardous to small craft, the weather service warned, although winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon.

For those affected by power shutoffs, SDG&E has opened community resource centers in Descanso and Potrero. The community resource center in Valley Center will open at noon 25 Thursday.

“We recognize how disruptive it can be to lose power and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding as SDG&E continues to monitor weather conditions,” the utility said in a statement.

For the latest SDG&E information on public safety power shutoffs and community resource centers, visit

San Diego County fire officials urge residents to take precautions during Red Flag days. For example, residents should refrain from using power tools, including lawn mowers, outside during high-fire conditions because they can potentially spark on rocks and ignite grass or brush fires. Use hand tools instead to cut away and remove dead or dying plants near homes and structure.

Residents are encouraged to maintain defensible fire-space around their homes and to remove dead leaves, debris and other flammable items such as wood piles that may be stacked against structures, officials have said, because those kinds of things can be ignited by embers from wildfires.

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