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A power outage at Stanford University could take days to resolve after a nearby fire caused the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. transmission line to the campus to lose power, university officials said.

The seven-alarm Edgewood Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Edgewood Road and Crestview Drive. It covered 20 acres and was 90% contained as of Thursday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Around 8,900 PG&E customers lost power because of the fire, according utility spokesperson Karly Hernandez. The company did not specify a preliminary cause for the outage. It impacted College of San Mateo as well as Stanford, prompting both schools to cancel classes on Tuesday.

As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, power had been restored to all but about 13 customers — a number that included Stanford University, according to a PG&E spokesperson. Nearly 700 people didn’t have power earlier Thursday morning because PG&E didn’t have access to locations where electric equipment was damaged by the fire in order to make repairs.

“As soon as our investigators are done with our on-site cause and origin work, then PG&E will be allowed back in to work and the infrastructure and we anticipate that being by the end of the day,” Cal Fire San Mateo Division Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox said Thursday afternoon.

Cox added that he believes the fire would be fully contained by Thursday or Friday.

On Wednesday, Stanford canceled its summer classes for the remainder of the week as it braced for a “multi-day disruption.” The San Jose Earthquakes late Thursday announced that the California Clasico match between the Quakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy had been rescheduled for Sept. 24.

“PG&E continues to provide a limited supply of power through a secondary line, but not enough to support the normal needs of the campus, especially during hot weather,” university officials said in a statement. “This limited supply is dedicated to supporting the highest-priority needs, including the hospital and critical infrastructure on campus.”

With temperatures in the 90s forecast for the remainder of the week, the university encouraged employees at the main campus to work from home for the time being.

For students living on campus, the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons and the EVGR Pavilion were open to serve as cooling centers and charging stations.

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