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Sylmar fire causes power problems in the Southland

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Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter battles to save a mobile home in Sylmar.

The Burbank foothills in the San Fernando Valley have not been touched by the flames of the rampaging Sylmar wildfire, but my community is still affected. A short time ago, I got an e-mail alert from Burbank City Council Member, Marsha Ramos, about electrical power concerns.

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Council Member Marsha Ramos (left in dark blue) helps honor two Burbank city employees during National Library Week last spring.

Burbank City Council Member Ramos says, “One of the transmission lines that brings power to Burbank has been damaged and there will be rotating power outages.” She says residents as well as businesses in Burbank will be included in the outages. Mrs. Ramos asked “everyone to conserve energy” during this critical time.

At a news conference this afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced rotating outages had been halted in that city around 10 this morning. The outages were prompted by downed power lines and the shut down of some lines, by Department of Water and Power officials, due to hazards created by the wildfires. Nevertheless, Mayor Villaraigosa asked residents to continue to conserve water and power.

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