Blue markers denote what SDG&E calls “Public Safety Power Shutoff” locations. Image via sdge.com

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday afternoon that power has been restored to 20,000 customers affected by its “safety power shutoffs” amid wildfire danger due to power lines.

“Our crews completed visual inspections of additional power lines by foot, vehicle and helicopter,” the utility said in a statement. “As of 4 p.m., power has been restored to about 80 percent” of affected customers.

About 5,000 customers remain without power, SDG&E said, which added that it is working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to the remaining customers.

Communities affected are Dulzura, Potrero, Campo, Live Oak Springs, Boulevard, Jacumba, Japatul Valley, Buckman Springs, Morena Village, East Ramona, San Diego Country Estates, La Jolla Indian Reservation, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, Wynola and Pine Hills.

“High winds have remained a challenge in some areas throughout the day,” officials said. “Helicopter patrols can only be done safely within certain wind speed limits.”

For the latest total count of customers restored and a list of communities where restoration has occurred, visit sdge.com/ready.

For the latest estimated restoration times for communities that are still without power, visit sdge.com/outagemap.

Restoration times are adjusted as more information becomes available, the company said.

“If damage is found on a circuit, restoration times may be pushed back in order to allow time for repairs to be made,” it said.

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