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By Miriam Raftery

Photos  by Deborah Horger, , Jeff Holz. Rebecca Jefferis Williamson and Imed Fehri and Alexis Parmnnoff

Update October 7, 2013 --SDG&E advises that the suspected cause of the outage is a faulted capacitor station.  All power was restored by 1:30 p.m.; the outage began at 10 a.m. affecting 4,501 customers.

October 6, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- An SDG&E sky crane loaded with 2,500 gallons of water helped firefighters halt a brush fire in Lakeside at 28 acres. No structures were lost; mop-up activiites will continue through the night.  The blaze began shortly after power went out to more than 4,500 customers for reasons that SDG&E's website indicated were unkown at the time of the outage; power has been fully restored. 

Below are our earlier updates on this fire, which began at Aquilla Drive in Lakeside and sent smoke billowing forth that was visible across much of East County as well as Poway and San Diego.


Update 4 p.m. -- This fire was contained at 15 acres. No structures burned.  A sky crane that holds 2,500 gallons of water helped suppress the blaze.  Power has been fully restored, per SDGE&E.

Update: 11:40 a.m - A strike team has been ordered for Eucalyptus Hills, per Cal Fire. No evacuations have been ordered as yet.  The blaze is also reportedly near Santana High School.

October 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –A ten-acre brush fire that started at Aquilla Drive in  Lakeside is burning in a canyon adjacent to communities of Santee, Poway, El Cajon and Lakeside. The fire is now burning north away from residences,  Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler informed ECM. The fire is under a unified command with Cal Fire and Lakeside Fire Department.

Over 4500 customers are without power due to unknown causes.  The power went down at 10:06 p.m. and restoration is expected at 12:36 p.m.  Affected areas include portions of Ramona, Barona, Highland Valley, the La Jolla Indian Reservation, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, San Diego Country Estates, and Iron Mountain.

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