With a key power transmission line offline because of wildfires, authorities are asking San Diego residents to conserve electricity.
The Harris Fire in southern San Diego County took out the Southwest Power Link, which connects Otay Mesa with Arizona.
Meanwhile, a north-south power corridor that connects San Diego to the rest of the state runs near Camp Pendleton, where another fire is burning.
In order to get the Southwest transmission lines operational, crews must be able to get to the lines and clean them of smoke.
Until then, utility officials urge customers to conserve "if their health allows it."
A San Diego Gas and Electric spokeswoman says about 19,500
customers are without power today either because of downed lines in
fire areas or to ensure the safety of firefighters.
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