CSUSM cancels classes after brush fire knocks out power

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SAN MARCOS, Calif -- Classes were cancelled at California State University San Marcos and about 3,000 residents in San Marcos were without power Friday morning after a small brush fire broke out just feet away from homes.

Residents reported burning brush around 4 a.m., near a housing development along Village Drive and South Twin Oaks Valley Road just west of the Cal State San Marcos campus.

San Marcos Fire Department, Cal Fire and North County Fire District brought 10 engines, two bulldozers and other equipment to attack the flames, which grew to about three acres before they stopped it from spreading further. The blaze was not considered a threat to any structures as of 6 a.m., officials said.

Residents told FOX 5 they heard popping sounds and saw an orange glow just before their homes went dark. As of 6 a.m., about 2,980 people were without power in the surrounding area. San Diego Gas & Electric estimated power would not be restored until 6 p.m.

All classes and on-campus events at CSUSM were cancelled, university officials said. Classes were also cancelled at nearby Double Peak Elementary Schoo.

Around the county, more than 17,000 people were without power due to precautionary fire danger blackouts.

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