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French Valley fire briefly knocks out weather station power

By John C. Toman. Posted July 16, 2011, 5:09 PM.

A wildland fire near Lake Skinner knocked power out to the French Valley neighborhood where the French Valley weather station is located on Saturday afternoon.

"[The fire] knocked out our power about 2:00 p.m," said Mark Monroe, the volunteer for the French Valley location. "We are back up and running [as of 4pm]. The three acre fire is now contained."

According to the Riverside Country Fire Department, 95 firefighters, a helicopter, and two air tankers worked to successfully contain the fire, which occurred on a mild summer day.

The fire was near the intersection of Thompson Road and Washington Street, only about a quarter of a mile northeast of WeatherCurrents' French Valley weather station, and about one mile west of the Lake Skinner dam.

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