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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a-1571418300 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-1571420057 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.

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.

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-1571374704 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
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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-1571366086 Oct 17, 2019 07:34 PM
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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-1571369969 Oct 17, 2019 08:39 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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-1571360327 Oct 17, 2019 05:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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-1571415061 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-1571354422 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!!

a-1571354171 Oct 17, 2019 04:16 PM
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BENE - Wow, just wow. So, the whole thing with the maps and warning certain areas is totally useless? Anyone, anywhere, at anytime could be shutdown as long as it's windy and hot. THIRD WORLD.

Red Creek Oct 17, 2019 03:47 PM
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If you'd like to know the extent of the high fire area and how it may affect you as to future or current shut downs, start at https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps . Then scroll down and enter "how can I find out if I live in a high fire area?" Then enter " the CPUC has created maps" highlighted area. This lays out the entire state's fire areas, in 3 tiers. Much of the Santa Barbara and Montecito are in high fire or extreme high fire risk areas. Hit the plus sign to focus in on your street. At the current time, Montecito is in a potential shut down area.

mtndriver Oct 18, 2019 08:29 AM
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The CPUC maps Red Creek mentions are not as detailed as the maps linked higher on that SCE page under the general “Santa Barbara” map, the ones with specific area names—Gaviota, El Capitan, Mission Canyon 1 and 2, etc. should be able to see your street more easily on those. That said, I agree this is a travesty. What they are concerned about is lawsuits. If their equipment started fires and they couldn’t be held responsible, they’d never turn it off intentionally and lose all that revenue, have to go to the trouble of gradually re-powering the grid, etc—plus all that overtime they’ll have to pay. Money is what motivates them and that’s why their equipment is in such sorry state.

Shasta Guy Oct 17, 2019 04:15 PM
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SCE already has our area under consideration for PSPS outage. For the NWS to issue a fire weather watch will give them the justification to start shutting sections down at their discretion. Everyone should read the SCE PSPS webpage carefully. We are already warned, but I think a lot of people are going to be caught off guard and unprepared.

a-1571352844 Oct 17, 2019 03:54 PM
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Sorry. This sounds as unhelpful as most SCE's communication so far. Does this high-fire map mean PSPS being considered, imminent, or just "high fire hazard"? Of course we all know we live in some fire hazard area. SCE is a disaster all by itself.

Shasta Guy Oct 17, 2019 03:38 PM
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The weather service just issued a fire weather watch from Gaviota to Montecito. At this point, assume there will be power outages somewhere if not everywhere on the south coast. Some parts may be out of power beyond Sunday, so plan accordingly. Be gassed up, and have fridge contingency plans. ======================================================================= URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
314 PM PDT Thu Oct 17 2019

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND MODERATELY LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL SANTA BARBARA COUNTY...

.North to northeastly winds will increase into Friday, weaken a
little but remain gusty Friday night into Saturday, then
strengthen again Saturday night into Sunday. During the peaks,
gusts between 30 and 50 mph will be common over the wind prone
areas, with isolated gusts to around 60 mph near Gaviota and
Montecito. While humidities should stay up and above 20 percent in
general through Sunday, humidities will lower to 10 to 20 percent
Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Pockets of
humidities around 15 percent are also possible in the windiest
foothill areas. Despite the higher humidities at times, critical
conditions are possible considering the strength of the winds and
the dry fuel conditions.

CAZ239-252-182115-
/O.NEW.KLOX.FW.A.0003.191019T0100Z-191021T0300Z/
Santa Barbara County South Coast-Santa Barbara County Mountains-
314 PM PDT Thu Oct 17 2019

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND MODERTELY LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL SANTA BARBARA COUNTY...

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a
Fire Weather Watch for strong winds and occasionally low humidity,
which is in effect from Friday evening through Sunday evening.

* Winds...Areas of north to northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts to
50 mph. Isolated gusts to 60 mph around Gaviota and Montecito.

* Relative Humidity...As low as 10 to 20 percent.

* Impacts...If fire ignition occurs, conditions may be favorable
for extreme fire behavior which would threaten life and
property.

Chip of SB Oct 17, 2019 02:25 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

I think having to shut the power off is shocking and unacceptable. Say what you will of SCE and PG&E, but they are heavily regulated by the state so the state government is responsible. The state government works for us, so we are ultimately responsible! Since we are the true senior level management of the state of California, I say it's time we make some changes around here to put things right. Last time power outages became a regular problem, we fired the governor. I think it's time to do that again. A recall petition has already been started, and I would encourage everyone to sign. We need some new leadership in Sacramento to ensure reliable infrastructure is restored.

a-1571351342 Oct 17, 2019 03:29 PM
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3:24 - our Governor is investigating these practices by SCE and PG&E, he is not in any way endorsing them. So go ahead and petition away if you need to complain, but it won't affect the power shutoffs.

Curmudgeon Oct 17, 2019 02:34 PM
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And, of course, a BIG part of the problem has been the excessive fuel load that has been allowed to accumulate unmanaged for decades. How to fix that boondoggle and the several agencies involved!?

Shasta Guy Oct 17, 2019 02:25 PM
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At 2:00, the SCE PSPS website just bumped up the number of affected customers back above 6,000: ========================================================================= Santa Barbara County (6,702 customers)
◾Unincorporated areas including Gaviota, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland
============================================================================= I interpret this to mean that Patterson north of Cathedral Oaks to San Ysidro is fair game for outages.

SBZZ Oct 17, 2019 01:57 PM
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What a disgrace - forget about the maps - if you live mountainside of 101, assume you will lose power at some point. Since the fire last week in Sylmar was due to an SCE power line, assume they will not be shy in pulling the plug...

Shasta Guy Oct 17, 2019 01:03 PM
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Updated wind advisory: ============================================== Wind Advisory
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
1248 PM PDT Thu Oct 17 2019

CAZ039-052-180530-
/O.EXT.KLOX.WI.Y.0071.191017T2000Z-191018T1800Z/
Santa Barbara County South Coast-Santa Barbara County Mountains-
Including the cities of Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria,
San Marcos Pass, San Rafael Wilderness Area,
and Dick Smith Wilderness Area
1248 PM PDT Thu Oct 17 2019

...WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT FRIDAY...

* WHAT...North winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM PDT Friday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds will make driving difficult and could
blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down
and a few power outages may result.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gusty winds are expected to return Friday
night and continue off and on through the weekend.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Curmudgeon Oct 17, 2019 12:54 PM
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The SCE web page is ambiguous. If you look at Santa Barbara County there are only two clickable maps (Gaviota and Montecito) that outline affected areas. None of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Goleta, Carpinteria, etc is included. So, are we to assume that ONLY those areas outlined on the two maps would suffer actual outages if nothing else changes? Seems like there are more than 1966 customers in the total of cities listed. I'm confused.

a-1571342633 Oct 17, 2019 01:03 PM
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Lets pray the guys at SCE flipping the switches got some brain left. It's not a certainty given how this is playing out. They cannot even get the simplest things smoothed out for the public before pulling the plugs.

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