Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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Update by SCE
8:30 p.m., October 20, 2019

This is an important safety message from Southern California Edison. Due to current conditions, the SANTA BARBARA area, has been removed from Public Safety Power Shutoff consideration, and no electric service will be proactively turned off at this time. If outages due to other reasons unrelated to Public Safety Power Shutoffs occur in your area, SCE will work as quickly as possible to restore your service. For more information please visit our website at www.sce.com. If you see a downed power line, stay away, call 911, and report this to SCE at 1-800-611-1911

 

Update by edhat staff
1:45 p.m., October 20, 2019

The City of Goleta was removed from Southern California Edison's (SCE) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) list for Sunday. However, residents have grown increasingly confused as conflicting information has been released due to SCE's delay in updating their website as well as confusing notifications.

As of Sunday afternoon, power has not been cut off from Santa Barbara County. The most up-to-date map appears to be from Ready Santa Barbara County at readysbc.org. The full map is available here.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Santa Barbara County south coast and mountains in effect until 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

SCE is currently monitoring 14 circuits that may impact parts of unincorporated Santa Barbara County along the Gaviota coast, between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland, and parts of incorporated Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. The period of concern for possible de-energization for 8 out of the 14 circuits began at 12pm (noon) today. No PSPS related outages have occurred at this time. The remaining circuits’ period of concern begin at 3pm and 6pm. Additionally, some customers received SCE notification this weekend that a shutoff has been avoided for their area.

SCE has deployed a Community Resource Vehicle Sunday until 5:00 pm equipped with charging stations and SCE staff will be on-site to address your questions at the following locations:


Update by edhat staff
6:05 p.m., October 18, 2019
 

As of Friday evening, more of Santa Barbara County has been added as "under consideration" for the PSPS list. Currently, 24,148 SCE customers could be affected. 

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public that they are considering turning off power to several areas of Santa Barbara County this weekend (October 18-20) due to expected high winds.  Power has not yet been turned off for these areas.  The outage may impact unincorporated areas of southern Santa Barbara County and in parts of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria.  To determine if you live or work in or near a potential outage area, go to ReadySBC.org to access the PSPS interactive map.  Residents are encouraged to make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days and check on friends and neighbors to make sure they are prepared.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage.

Here are some helpful resources:


Update by edhat staff
8:15 a.m., October 18, 2019

As of Friday morning, 6,702 customers in Santa Barbara County have been added to the potential PSPS list.


Update by Office of Emergency Management
9:40 p.m., October 17, 2019
 
Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public that they are considering turning off power to some areas of Santa Barbara County later this week due to expected high winds.  Power has not yet been turned off for these areas.  The outage may impact an area from Buena Vista Avenue in Montecito through parts of Summerland and to the intersection of Linden Avenue and State Route 192 in Carpinteria, going as far north as the end of Toro Canyon Road and mostly staying on the mountainous side of the 101. 
 
If you live or work in or near this area, you should make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.  We encourage residents to check on your friends and neighbors to make sure they are prepared.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage.  For tips on how to prepare and register for public safety notifications, go to ReadySBC.org and click “Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).”

Update by edhat staff
12:00 p.m., October 17, 2019
 
Southern California Edison (SCE) has removed sections of Santa Barbara County as of Thursday afternoon.

Currently, the PSPS websites stated 1,966 customers in Santa Barbara County will be affected in the following areas:

  • Unincorporated areas including Gaviota, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland

The designated areas and maps change frequently. Be sure to check https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps for the latest information. 


Update by edhat staff

3:30 p.m., October 16, 2019

As of Wednesday afternoon, Santa Barbara County has been added to the "Public Safety Power Shutoff" (PSPS) consideration list that would potentially affect 6,689 customers.

The designation areas include downtown Santa Barbara, Mission Canyon, the Riviera, Turnpike/Calle Real, and more. The full list and maps are below:

The designated areas and maps change frequently. Be sure to check https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps for the latest information. 


By edhat staff
10:00 a.m., October 16, 2019

Southern California Edison has issued a "Public Safety Power Shutoff" warning for parts of Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria on Friday. A warning was also issued for sections of Gaviota.

As of Wednesday morning, Santa Barbara County was removed from the consideration list, but residents should still be alert.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management is recommending that people be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 3-5 days. Residents are asked to keep cell phones and portable chargers charged, keeping gas tank full or electric vehicle fully charged, have flashlights and other lighting devices ready, have a hand crank or battery-operated radio to tune into these listed stations to receive updates, have 5-days worth of non-perishable food, and one gallon of water per person per day.

For further information please see the links below:

 
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forrestmv18 Oct 18, 2019 03:11 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Perhaps he/she/it likes the fact that none of our statewide power providers have been performing mandatory maintenance for the past twenty years so shutting off our power makes complete sense. And further that our own state regulators have been in duplicitous bed with both SCE and PG&E must make him/her/it happy...

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 02:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

2:00 p.m. What is dumb is that you can't understand the delivery system for electricity, only that it is usually available like magic at your wall socket! If there is a shutoff to your home it is because the journey of your electricity is a lot longer than you seem able to contemplate.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 02:05 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

@2:00 - even if you don't live in a fire risk area you could lose power because the lines and equipment that service your home are in a high risk area. It's all based on where their equipment is.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 11:06 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

RED FLAG warning issued from this afternoon to Sunday. Be ready to have your power shut down no matter where you live. ------------- https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ039&warncounty=CAC083&firewxzone=CAZ239&local_place1=6%20Miles%20NW%20Isla%20Vista%20CA&product1=Red+Flag+Warning&lat=34.4826&lon=-119.9181#.Xan-2UZKiHs

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 10:56 AM
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Blame and whining are of zero value, only preparedness matters. Otherwise you'll be watching your 100 pack of organic, free range, vegan, gluten free, Texas-style BBQ kale burritos thaw with no way to keep them cold.

a-1574002006 Oct 19, 2019 05:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

There's no frigging fairy dust about it. I'm putting power into the grid. I'm on a PPA, I get a credit, but SCE & the solar company are getting paid. I do it because -- WHY NOT?

AdamVant Oct 18, 2019 02:33 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Shasta Guy, if only the "earth-conscious neighbors" had their very own solar arrays and windmills to go with their fairy dust and unicorn farts then they could generate their own electricity. But, alas, they sit and wait and believe there is a magical energy source and some yet undiscovered chemical element that will wondrously appear out of nowhere to power our society.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:36 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Fire Weather Snooper, National Weather Service, details include wind speed, temp, fuel, elevation, relative humidity, time. https://www.weather.gov/lox/fwmV3?wfo=lox&net=1,2

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 10:23 AM
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Here are two ways to know what days wind advisories are in place (scroll down to Santa Barbara) ....... https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/display_product.php?sid=LOX&pil=ZFP ....... https://www.weather.gov/lox/

RHS Oct 18, 2019 10:22 AM
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People, please calm down and resist the animal instinct to blame and avoid responsibility. 1. The maps are the maps that SCE uses to show where their electricity goes and therefore are representative of the areas that will lose electricity if certain lines are shut down. The maps are readable if one takes a few moments to identify geographical points. 2. SCE and PGE and other utilities corrupted the Public Utilities Commission that was supposed to protect consumers. The politicians ignored this. So both of these institutions are at blame. 3. The losses from last year's disastrous fires resulted in large lawsuits that will bankrupt these companies if they are successful. It is understandable that the companies will now act to avoid such liability in the future so will be aggressive in shutting down systems that may be compromised by the weather. We, as consumers/customers and voters have the duty to make changes that will deal with this in the immediate future. That is not going to happen overnight. Meanwhile the idea that the problem is "fuel overload" and other excuses has to be ignored. Real answers will take time and money.

SantaBarbaraObserver Oct 18, 2019 11:56 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

People need to understand that the electrical power lines and circuits do not follow streets, maps or traditional neighborhood boundaries. They are not clearly defined due to various zones, switches and routes of the current all requiring specific processes for de-powering and powering. In other words: its not about the neighborhoods, its about the current draw, the circuits and the equipment.

pstarSR Oct 18, 2019 11:15 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

I think people are getting stuck on 1 thing. the fact that SCE has labeled( mis-labeled ) mission canyon as "unicorporated" and not in the "santa barbara" map. but yet it is clearly PART of santa barbara's proposed cut off. If you go to SCE's main PSPS page, you will see the full list of maps. for the area. specific links to certain maps is not helpful to clearly see it.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:57 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

RHS - the maps being circulated are NOT consistent, therefore, not accurate. Depending on which map you look at (see following links), certain parts of Mission Canyon area are, and then are not, within the boundary. So, which is it? ---------- https://sbcoem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=99df9c47aeca4e73aaa41e6cdf6901e6 ------------------ and ---------------https://library.sce.com/content/dam/sce-doclib/public/sce-high-fire-area-emergency-documents/santa-barbara-county/_083_PUESTA.pdf

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 10:16 AM
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Simple planning is better than whining. I don't need detailed info from SCE to plan. I only need to know if heavy wind is in the weather forecast. Park the car outside if you don't want to deal with opening the garage door manually. Use your earthquake kit for food/water/lights if necessary. Keep some ice in the freezer if needed for meds. Keep your cell phone charged and put it into low battery mode if power goes off. Cell phone charging batteries are cheap so buy one if you must. Do most of us really need a generator to get by w/o power for a few days? That would be a luxury for me.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:13 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Looking at the updated map on SCE's site, assuming it is accurate which I'm not sure b/c it doesn't look like SB, considering it's such a wide swath will this affect cell phone towers so that we won't have phone usage either? I'd like to know because if we do go down, I need to be able to use my cell to call others about deadlines, things that we can't do etc. and if I can't I wonder if we should do that now?

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 10:11 AM
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It looks like all the excitement begins late afternoon today based on this new Fire Weather Message. Hopefully they can gain the upper hand on the fire near El Cap before then because we don't want to see western Goleta have any troubles. ================================================== Red Flag Warning URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 941 AM PDT Fri Oct 18 2019 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COAST AND MOUNTAINS DUE TO GUSTY SUNDOWNER WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES... .Gusty sundowner winds will persist across portions of the Santa Barbara south coast and mountains through Sunday evening, with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph common. The strongest winds with this event will likely be focused in the hills above Montecito Hills where gusts as high as 55 mph are expected tonight, increasing to 60 to 70 mph on Saturday night into Sunday morning. Humidities between 10 and 25 percent will be common during this event, with poor recoveries at night in the foothills and windy canyons. The driest conditions are expected on Saturday. The combination of the gusty sundowner winds, low humidities, and dry fuels has prompted this Red Flag Warning issuance.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:11 AM
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Go to Direct Relief, near airport, off of Hollister-- from KEYT "Direct Relief is making their headquarters available for anyone who may be without power due to possible Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Anyone whose power has been shut off can charge their phones, computers, portable batteries, or any other devices at the charity's headquarters at 6100 Wallace Becknell Road in Goleta. Direct Relief's building can maintain power even if the grid goes down. The facility has a microgrid built by Tesla which allows the facility to keep running and protect their inventory of cold-chain medicine. The microgrid utilizes solar power, battery storage and diesel generators as backup. Tesla deployed similar grids during the Puerto Rico blackouts following Hurricane Maria."

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:05 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

This hotel list for S.B. County is two years old, prepared for the Montecito debris flow evacuations, and phone numbers are included. Some of these hotels might have generators and air conditioning. https://santabarbaraca.com/content/uploads/2018/03/Storm-Evacuee-Hotel-Rate-List_Updated-2.28.18.pdf

biguglystick Oct 18, 2019 10:04 AM
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I totally understand that shutting off power for short periods of time may be necessary, that is not the problem, it's the lack of clarity and direction that SCE is offering. The maps are hard to read and confusing, the info is murky and may or may not be reliable. People would be ok if they could plan ahead and prepare for it, that's why we ALL should be prepared anyway, just in case. Be responsible, we live in a very high fire area, that's a given. SCE needs to up its game on communication and leadership in times like these for sure. Don't get mad, just get prepared, this is the reality of living here.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 10:34 AM
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Agree, but still very disappointed with SCE for doing a better job communicating it and doing a better job with the maps, alerts and notices. The reps have no ideas what they are talking about (surprising? I was!!) and they'd quickly get into into a mode blaming customers for not understanding the steps, but in fact, they didn't read their own writings. I was shocked by all of it. Willing pay more for better service, reliability, .... but that doesn't solve the systemic dreadful problems at SCE.

Flicka Oct 18, 2019 09:32 AM
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I would expect anyone living in high fire prone areas will be turned off is necessary. Remember the Thomas Fire was started by downed power lines. Better to have no electricity than have a repeat of that devastating fire. I think the deadly Northern CA fires were also caused by power lines. Direct Relief is preparing a location for people to recharge cell phones. I don't know where it is.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 09:06 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Well nothing here, not much new on SCE's website and the map seems off, nothing on Twitter. I guess we just go about our business and if the power goes out, deal with it then. Nice management.

Z Oct 18, 2019 08:19 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

OMG! Friday is here and it's breezy! Pick one: a) Pitchforks and torches, march on the SCE substations. b) Candles, tea, confections, and mahjong. c) Camping lanterns, liquor, weed, and acoustic music. d) Generators, computers, internet, and gripes on edhat.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 08:27 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Some of us work for a living and need to know if we will be able to get our work done, what to do about deadlines, who to notify, etc., you know, work. We aren't here to decide or discuss whether or not we should hang with liquor and weed.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 07:49 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

So now, as of 6 a.m., SB is back on however, the map is unreadable. Is that SB or not? It doesn't look like it. If it is then it's pretty much the whole town. Can someone provide some info or not?

EastBeach Oct 18, 2019 01:03 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Getting windy on the Riviera now. Most locals who pay attention to the weather know winds often pick up after midnight this time of year - that's happening now .. the two stations on La Cumbre Peak reading 25 mph and 37 mph, SCE station east of Knapp's 35 mph (gust), San Marcos Pass 22 mph (gust), WCC 19 mph (gust), SCE station in Mission Creek 33 mph (gust), Botanic Gardens 27 mph (gust), Cold Spring Canyon 47 mph (gust), San Ysidro Creek 27 mph (gust). You get the picture ... the front country is getting all the wind now.

a-1574002006 Oct 17, 2019 09:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Here’s a quote from the latest email from SB County Office of Emergency Management as of 21:40, 10/17/2019, “ If you live or work in or near this area, you should make preparations for a possible multiple day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days.“ This is for parts of Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito, and affects over 6,000 people.

JB86 Oct 17, 2019 09:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Thinking about this, I can't overlook 'Crisis Management 101.' SCE appears to just be laying down legal defenses, not serving customers. PG&E is doing the same. They are both screwing up. We'll see how it plays out, but the impression is of monopolies trying to steamroll regulation and the public interest.

JB86 Oct 17, 2019 08:48 PM
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This is stupid and useless What they are saying is that they may, or may not, decide to cut power to some areas. Kinda hard to plan based on that, other than plan for an outage. My candles are ready, batteries staged, get it over with.

a-1574002006 Oct 17, 2019 07:34 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

The company's info is vague. BE PREPARED. EXPECT THE WORST. Same thing happened in N. CA. No decent, location-specific info was given. But huge swathes were powered down. I'm sad at how many people are completely unprepared. Hey, WE LIVE IN EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE COUNTRY! Yes, I am yelling. :-) Get on it and take care of yourself! Please.

a-1574002006 Oct 17, 2019 08:39 PM
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All they do is talking. Apparently they cannot even do that well. Total chaos in communicating the potential plans, who and where, no notices and alerts even under PSPS consideration. Don't trust them when it actually happens. It is shocking SCE couldn't read their own writing and have employees BS everybody when called to clarify. It is simply incomprehensible and horrifying. This company should go belly up. Let them bankrupt and we start fresh.

Bene Oct 17, 2019 05:38 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

THis is what that Edison rep and TWO of her supervisors said. Then, when I got firm with them I get referred to a number they give journalists. (I am a journalist actually, although I was mainly calling as a customer as I have an elderly person that relies on electricity.) Then, I am told that the first THREE reps were not accurate, but they had to get back to me with the details. I am still waiting.

a-1574002006 Oct 17, 2019 05:58 PM
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I called earlier and asked about alerts and notices, and what they promised to 48 hours heads-up nowhere to be found. The rep and the supervisor couldn't even admit SCE posted such procedures on their own website, just wanted to send me off. I was MAD! The rep and supervisor aren't unique at SCE. The whole gang is beyond reasonably bad; it is criminal, likely risk lives down the road.

LCP112233 Oct 17, 2019 04:31 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

If Washington didn't make the power companies dump billions into new energy, they could have upgraded their systems to withstand all types of weather conditions. Now they are going bankrupt, and the fearless leaders that bilked them in the first place want to make them pay restitution to folks that get shut down. I'm all for solar, wind and hydro power. But we first have to make the power structure safe as it stands.

a-1574002006 Oct 18, 2019 09:11 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Power companies are set up to make profit for their stockholders. When earnings were high, they can return income to investors, or alternatively spend millions on infrastructure to improve their distribution systems and power stations, pay their staff more, improve benefits, or what ever their for- profit leadership demanded (or buy an entire drug store chain, Thrifty Drug, which SCE did and lost money on). The slow degradation of the grid took years of decision making slanted for profit, not the public good. State government was indeed part of this mismanagement, but not the only cause. "Washington" or the federal government had a very recent and peripheral involvement.

Shasta Guy Oct 18, 2019 06:59 AM
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We need to fight this “new normal” and change it. This situation was decades in the making, and it will take awhile to reverse. Here’s an interesting take on the matter === https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/17/of-electricity-and-ideology/

Bene Oct 17, 2019 04:08 PM
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I am currently on the phone with a so cal edison rep. I asked her to help break down the areas on the maps for the planned shut-offs, and she seems to have no clue there are even maps! I'm on hold as she keeps checking with people, and the best she can come up with is that EVERYONE could be shut down depending on the winds, and there are no real designated areas. No area is more or less likely to be shut down, according to her. Yes, this is what she said.

a-1574002006 Oct 17, 2019 04:20 PM
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No surprise here. They are shockingly incompetent. Called quite a few times. I'm confidant i wasn't talking to anyone with a trace of intelligence down there. How sad given the situation!!

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