Record Winds in San Diego County Raise Fire Danger

Record Santa Ana winds are moving through parts of San Diego County as officials extend a Red Flag Warning through tomorrow 5 p.m.

As the threat of wildfire remains high, SDG&E has shut off power to thousands of people in threat areas in the East County and mountain areas, to reduce risk. In addition, officials say the high winds are also creating outages in other more inland areas including Rancho Bernardo and Olivenheim. 

You can see an updated list of scheduled and unscheduled outages HERE

In addition, community centers have been set up where people can go to charge their phones, get information and water. See the list HERE.

Winds are the highest seen since the utility began recording according to John Britton, spokesman for SDG&E. Gusts up to 85 miles per hour were recorded in Sill Hill near Descanso. In Hellhole Canyon near Valley Center, winds reached about 75 miles per hour. 

Classes were cancelled in six school districts in the East County today as a precaution. 

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for continued dry conditions with wind gusts in the inland mountain areas, highs in the upper 70's near the coast, low 80's inland. 

The map below shows areas with fire risk potential in the state, including local areas. 

Click HERE for more information from CAL FIRE on Red Flag Warnings

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