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Power cut off to more than 1,000 in Fallbrook area amid red flag warning

Traffic signals at Mission Road and I-15 go out, snarling traffic in area

 

Last updated 10/31/2019 at 7:57pm



Increased fire danger caused by Santa Ana winds and dry air on Wednesday prompted San Diego Gas and Electric to cut power to more than 1,000 customers in Fallbrook, Rainbow and Pala on as a precaution.

A total of 1,226 customers in the three unincorporated areas found their power shut off about 8:30 a.m.

The power shutoffs left traffic signals at the Mission Road on- and off-ramps to Interstate 15 out of operation, causing a traffic jam Wednesday afternoon on East Mission Road that stretched from the freeway almost all the way back to Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook.

SDGE had warned earlier in the week it was considering precautionary power shutoffs for more than 40,000 customers to decrease the danger of downed or damaged power lines sparking wildfires amid the dangerous conditions.

Power was restored on Wednesday to most of the affected customers in North County, but about 260 customers were still without electricity on Thursday. Those customers later had their power restored by 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A high wind and red flag warning are in effect in San Diego County mountain and valley areas, along with significant portions of the rest of Southern California, until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.

3 p.m. Thursday: This story was updated with the most recent information.

8 p.m. Thursday: This story was updated to indicate power shutoffs have been lifted in the Fallbrook area.

 

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