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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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The Temecula weather pages are a service of WeatherCurrents. Temecula, California is located in the Temecula Valley, in southwestern Riverside County, along the Interstate 15 highway. The Temecula Valley's rolling hills are home to the Temecula wine country, vineyards, golf courses, a casino resort, and Old Town Temecula.
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