Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

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PSPS Outage Area Map (see the full map here)
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-1571455204 Oct 18, 2019 08:20 PM
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I'm just asking. If you had outage maps like these in Ventura, would you be more or less upset?
The positive view is that this is a great test run for emergency preparedness. We are prone to fires and earthquakes. And I agree with all those who say 3 days food, water, meds etc. is ridiculous -- be prepared for 2 weeks at least. Mail order meds that come in 90 day amounts are useful. For those needing medical assistance, contact SB County, your medical provider, anybody who can direct you toward assistance. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Check out these Ventura Cnty outage maps. Just like gerrymandering. ;-)
https://twitter.com/VCscanner/status/1185320154890031104

Eggs Ackley Oct 19, 2019 07:53 AM
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Portable battery backup units with or without portable solar for recharging is a viable option and at the low end cost-wise. Next would be a fixed larger battery unit à la powerwall, Sonnen, or Solark(my preference). Add pv solar and you will have enough juice to keep the ice maker going indefinitely. Distributed energy resources are the future, and will be widely employed over the next few years. If you're not on board now, I advise strongly considering it.

TJTom Oct 19, 2019 08:51 AM
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It is shameful that the potential outage area maps provided are so crude and lacking of detail. If "they" can't master basic graphics how can we trust them to "fix" the electrical grid.

yin yang Oct 19, 2019 05:26 PM
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Strange replies to Eggs, seem off-topic? I have solar and no storage. My first step will be to contact provider, of course, but info would be greatly appreciated. For me, not technical. Any recommendations for local battery storage systems? Thanks!

mp805 Oct 19, 2019 08:58 AM
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Information from SCE....Two SCE Community Crew vehicles will be deployed to Santa Barbara County on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m...... CCV 1: Casitas Plaza - 1000 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013........ CCV 2: Eastside Branch Library - 1102 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103............. Visit the Community Crew vehicle to get PSPS updates, charge your phones, and get snacks and water.

Flicka Oct 19, 2019 09:21 AM
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Well, the bottom line is this is a good time to make plans for any power outage. In an earthquake it can all go out w/o any warning. The "big one" could come now tomorrow, or in 50 years and stay power could be out for a long time. Also, remember the Thomas Fire was caused by downed power lines. Direct Relief is offering a charging station for cell phones and computers. Make sure to know where they are located.

Factotum Oct 19, 2019 09:32 AM
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County map does not match SCE map for "proposed shut offs" this Saturday morning. Stick with the SCE maps for the most direct info -local affected areas have changed dramatically since Friday.

a-1571531440 Oct 19, 2019 05:30 PM
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Have you looked at OEM maps through SB Ready? Granted they cover EVERYWHERE. lol But that's the best anybody is doing. I'm certainly in a shut off area and am prepared. ===========================================================================https://sbcoem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=99df9c47aeca4e73aaa41e6cdf6901e6

a-1571508463 Oct 19, 2019 11:07 AM
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Ironically, these shut offs are about protecting SCE from liability, which means shutting down their lines in the hills, whether or not folks miles away from the lines are in any real danger from a fire. This may not go well in the long run, and may result in even more loss of life if people are unable to monitor fires in their area due to lack of electricity driven devices and related warnings.

4105762 Oct 19, 2019 11:46 AM
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How about this solution until the power lines are updated? Since the concern is downed power lines, why not require SCE in conjunction with the County and City clear all brush within 200 feet of any power line. Without out the fuel from the brush a downed power line has nothing to burn.

a-1571511705 Oct 19, 2019 12:01 PM
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Maybe the State of CA can use prisoners for this brush abatement. They have "chain gangs" in other states and here they could use inmates with no reason to run due to time left or incarceration level.

a-1571531642 Oct 19, 2019 05:34 PM
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Can you document this, as the city and county swarms with contract tree trimmers and brushland work is reported as being in process? Not that I'm defending SCE, I just didn't know about this.

a-1571532872 Oct 19, 2019 05:54 PM
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11:59 PM Your statement is false. SCE has full authority to clear brush in the right of way and under or near their transmition lines. State regulation requires vegetation mitigation within a certain distance from utility lines. If there is an imminent threat they can enter your property without notice and cut down trees near their lines.

rwelsh Oct 19, 2019 11:50 AM
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I think we have to be very careful about passively allowing the utility companies to get away with this. What's next? Water companies forcing us to ration and telling us we can only use 20 gallons a day and not to flush our toilets? Gas companies telling us we have to use our charcoal or wood burning BBQ's more? Are we going the way of South Africa and Venezuela, and so many other formerly functioning countries? Is it all boiling down to whether you can afford to use more water, buy a generator, or have a propane tank (or private jet)? This isn't okay. It's a means of control, forced destabilization and subjugation.

a-1571514709 Oct 19, 2019 12:51 PM
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"What other choice do they have?" They could spend the money necessary to replace 19th Century technology with 21st Century technology. A for-profit entity only looks at the next quarter of earnings, not the next decades of more of this climate-driven increased fire threat. In my entire life - and even when I lived in a small village abroad - have I been threatened with the loss of what is today, something that is necessary for life. Never - until now - in Santa Barbara! It's bad enough they "gouge" us with the bills, now they can just shut us off at will, depending on what the word is from the insurance and reinsurance companies, who end up paying the bulk of these claims. Remove the threat by upgrading, and the liability goes away. If they can't do it, then find someone else to do it.

a-1571531924 Oct 19, 2019 05:38 PM
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Woah! It's okay. Tone it down a bit. I don't think it will get that bad because I don't think we the citizens will allow it. If you scoff at that, get involved! When was the last time you called or wrote your assembly member, senator or the governor's office? If they work for us, they need to hear from us. Being a citizen is not a passive position. And yes, of course money matters. You can make a political statement about that if you chose to.

Sagepup Oct 19, 2019 02:25 PM
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I live near Foothill and 154 never got a notice on my phone or E-mail, but I look at the maps and we are in the gray boxy-thingy, Should I wait it out or should I go ahead and eat everything in my fridge? That is very tempting :)

oceandrew Oct 19, 2019 04:55 PM
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SAGEUP... just use common sense. Look out the window and if the wind isn't howling outside and tossing leaves clear into neighbours' yards at the end of the block you're okay. If the leaves are just rustling gently you're golden. Remember catastrophic fires caused by overburdened power lines have only occurred once down here - Thomas Fire - and the winds were near hurricane force (a detail the outrage and drama queens don't want you to hear).

a-1571532197 Oct 19, 2019 05:43 PM
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Due to the circuitry, someone with no wind could be shut off. Accept that none of the notifications are truly useful. Have a block party to use your food up! I obviously have power; seems everybody does. I also have no wind.

bigone Oct 19, 2019 01:08 PM
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Get a Westinghouse i4500 Duel Fuel generator. About $1000 and well worth it for your piece of mind. While you're at it, tell SCE you will de deducting the cost for the generator from your electrical bill over the next few months of their invoices; I'm sure they will agree :)

a-1571525055 Oct 19, 2019 03:44 PM
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Now I'm really confused. This from KEYT's web site:

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - UPDATE at 12:55 p.m.

Southern California Edison sent a text to South County residents at 12:12 p.m. stating: "Due to current conditions, the Santa Barbara area has been removed from Public Safety Power Shutoff consideration." The text has some other garbled language, and does not specify any specific areas of the south coast that may or may not remain under possible power outages. An SCE spokesman confirmed to NewsChannel 3 the text came from a legitimate Edison number, and is checking for more details. As of Saturday morning, the number of southern Santa Barbara County residents estimated to be under possible power outage threat was reduced to 2,400.

SCE's site still shows all the areas on the map. Are we in or are we out, and if we're in, when? Last I heard, the wind warnings were moved up a day. Anyone???

a-1571526184 Oct 19, 2019 04:03 PM
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I just posted the KEYT story about the confusing SCE emails. Then, I looked again at the interactive maps for the 2 Goleta circuits they may turn off, and entered my address. It looks like my house is just 1 street outside of the border of one of the circuits, though yesterday it looked like it was inside the border. My neighbors 1 street over are on that circuit, and despite being close to (but just south of) Cathedral Oaks, I'm not considered in the "fire danger" area. Weird.

a-1571530639 Oct 19, 2019 05:17 PM
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I'm going to re-subscribe to Edhat for first time in more than a year, after a break. Disasters, possible or in progress, urge us to do so. Edhat is a great source. And a pain. I've given my time to national newspapers in the past 3 years. LET'S SUPPORT EDHAT.

a-1571530707 Oct 19, 2019 05:18 PM
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AI6YR @ai6yrham : "My #HowCanYouSleepDuringARedFlag protocol: 1. No wind? Load PulsePoint app, set it to alarm for any brush fire in your county, set that next to the bed. Scanner OFF. 2. Windy? Sleep w/scanner ON, FD dispatch, wake for brush fire toneout. 3. Fire? Stay up, be ready to move!

a-1571533316 Oct 19, 2019 06:01 PM
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Sheesh, look at the OEM map and the gap between eastside and Montecito. Ridiculous. From Skofield Park to Park Ln. **I may be wrong. I may be missing a map.** BUT this shows the ridiculousness of the maps, when "Montecito" is in the Red Flag Warning. let's try a link: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ https://sbcoem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=99df9c47aeca4e73aaa41e6cdf6901e6

a-1571537440 Oct 19, 2019 07:10 PM
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Wow, you think this is bad, look at PG&E at the PUC. REMEMBER SAN BRUNO!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-19/pg-e-ten-years-of-power-shutoffs ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Bruno_pipeline_explosion

a-1571548136 Oct 19, 2019 10:08 PM
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SCE should install giant fans to blow the Santa Ana winds back towards the desert- a mighty battle to protect us from nature. The fans will consume tons of electricity which is good for SCE’s bottom line, SCE survives bankruptcy, plus our power stays on. Your basic win win situation.

a-1571550496 Oct 19, 2019 10:48 PM
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https://www.keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s-county/socal-edison-more-than-24-000-customers-could-lose-power-in-santa-barbara-co-this-weekend/1133600797 ================================================================================== Compare the headline to the article link text.
==============================================================================Update: SCE removing Santa Barbara from possible power outage consideration =================== Posted: Oct 18, 2019 05:06 PM PDT

Updated: Oct 19, 2019 01:36 PM PDT

a-1571552506 Oct 19, 2019 11:21 PM
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Lower Riviera. Got the robocall at around 9 p.m. Saturday. According to robo, power in Santa Barbara may or may not be out Sunday. But it could be out earlier than that or maybe later than that. The suspense is killing me.

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