Multiple fires threaten San Diego area in early start to season

Thousands Lose Power

By Doris Quintanilla
|  Wednesday, May 14, 2014  |  Updated 7:27 PM PDT
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Thousands Lose Power

NBC 5 News

More than 8,000 customers are without electricity after several fires and dangerous wind conditions forced San Diego Gas & Electric to turn off power.

In Carlsbad, 2,836 customers lost power amid mandatory evacuations for thousands of residents in the area as a fire destroyed at least three homes and damaged more than a dozen others.

Nearly a thousand customers are without power in Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook after two fires, one in Camp Pendleton and another in Fallbrook, threatened homes.

According to SDG&E, 1,215 customers are without power in the Ramona area, while in Alpine, power was shut off for 250 customers for safety purposes.

Legoland also saw its power shut off, prompting officials to evacuate the park.

SDG&E said customers whose power was shut off were notified in advance via phone.

Because of the fires' impact on what they are calling "major transmission infrastructures," utility officials urged customers to reduce power usage immediately, asking county residents to turn off all appliances and lights that are not being used, as well as turning up thermostats to reduce power consumption.

The estimated time for power to be restored in these areas is either not known or estimated to be as early as 10 p.m.

For the latest information on where outages are occurring, visit SDG&E’s outage map

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