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Power outage at Cal Poly caused by Reservoir Canyon fires, university says

Smoke from the fires in Reservoir Canyon reached the Cal Poly campus on Sunday morning. The university is experiencing a power outage caused by the fires.
Smoke from the fires in Reservoir Canyon reached the Cal Poly campus on Sunday morning. The university is experiencing a power outage caused by the fires.

Cal Poly experienced a campus wide power outage on Sunday morning.

The outage began at about 8:30 a.m., according to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier, and was reportedly caused by the two fires burning in Reservoir Canyon, the university said in a mass text message.

“The fires are otherwise not threatening or impacting campus at this time,” the university said in the text. Move-in and Week of Welcome activities continued as scheduled, the university said.

Shawn Spani, a freshman from Oakdale living in the new elewexe residence hall, said she noticed the power was out at about 8:30 a.m.

“I got up this morning, went to the bathroom and the lights were all shut off and I couldn’t get back into my dorm,” Spani said, adding that her roommate let her back into their room.

Spani, who just moved in, said the experience was “kinda scary.”

Cal Poly’s outage was part of a larger outage that initially affected 284 other customers on Highway 1 between Hollister Road and Quintana Road, according to Karly Hernandez, a spokeswoman for PG&E. Every customer but Cal Poly had their power restored by 10:11 a.m., Hernandez said. She added that the cause of the outage was under investigation.

Power was restored to Cal Poly incrementally, Hernandez said, and was completely restored by about 12:30 p.m., according to the university.

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