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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SBCactus Oct 20, 2019 12:47 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Since no one’s mentioned this, thought it time to weigh in. We’ve had several SCE scheduled Maintenance Power Outages this year - last one was Tuesday, 10/15, from 9AM-4:30PM. Fine, they’re upgrading the power grid. However, we have another of these planned Maintenance Power Outages scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) from 9-4, less than one week later! We were hoping it’d be postponed due to red flag/high wind conditions - nope - just got a voicemail msg on home phone reminding us it’s ON. Got us comin’ & goin’!

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 11:10 AM
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Are any Edhatters currently Ham Radio operators? If so, could they notify Ham Radio A16YR at https://twitter.com/ai6yrham?lang=en, and he could post information. He has been very good about posting S.B. fire information. I'm no expert, just making a suggestion, a guessestion.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 10:54 AM
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What's our Edhatter plan for letting each other know when your/our power has been turned off? It would be a nice thing to have a heads-up from whomever is "first chosen".

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 10:47 AM
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Well, I just checked 2 different weather models on Windy (pretty accurate) and the winds where the lines are will be whipping up pretty intense later today so I would fully anticipate losing power as early as noon, and for sure around 6 p.m. people. Just be ready because there will definitely be a huge wind event where the lines are located.

Thomas John Oct 20, 2019 05:08 PM
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I know windy weather has lots of wind arrows - but I really wonder how much data they are doing their modeling with - and I suspect that the plethora of arrows just extrapolating between a few real data points....

EastBeach Oct 20, 2019 10:41 AM
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Judging from the map comments/expectations here, many people must live in homes where they have individual circuit breakers for each and every outlet (said in jest). Obviously the "unincorporated" map that includes Samarkand is that way because one of SCE's circuits that controls distribution lines in the high fire danger area in the foothills also controls areas south of Foothill (like Samarkand).

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 05:52 PM
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Yes, but in recent (50 years or more) it hasn't happened. The beach has been a refuge and we still consider it so. As Malibu residents did during Woolsey fire. Many of us will take our chances, especially when roads are at a standstill.

Flicka Oct 20, 2019 10:10 AM
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SB Barbarian, Do you really believe only tourists are by the beach? There are MANY private homes in beach areas (ours included). One reason not to turn off the juice is we aren't in a wildfire prone area.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 05:50 PM
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Flicka knows that. She was responding to a specific statement from SB Barbarian: "Notice how the beachfront is not in the shut-off zone? Deference to tourists? F the residents of SB, but make sure the tourists are comfortable. I think they should be shut off first." -------------------------------------------------------- See below at 7:27 a.m.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 10:46 AM
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FLICKA you don't seem to understand what's happening here. The power lines that they are considering turning off feed your home potentially. It is not whether or not YOU are in a wildfire area, it's whether or not the power lines are.

Lucky 777 Oct 20, 2019 10:02 AM
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10AM Sunday and the wind is whipping up Valerio Canyon on the Westside out of the South, 79º and headed for 82º, we are watching nature fulfilling the requirements for a shutoff. Will we stay electrified or will we go into the Third World darkness? Only the Shadow knows.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 09:28 AM
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I was looking at the map that affects my neighborhood. It appears that the circuit runs through the center of some houses -- obviously, the maps aren't all that accurate.

Shasta Guy Oct 20, 2019 08:26 AM
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Thankfully the winds have not materialized so far. We just need to get through this evening now. SCE still has ~21,000 of us on their list. I guess we got a taste of what it’s like to live in hurricane country with the anxiety of where land fall will be, making all sorts of preparations, and only to find out that the track is far away.

SB Barbarian Oct 20, 2019 07:27 AM
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Notice how the beachfront is not in the shut-off zone? Deference to tourists? F the residents of SB, but make sure the tourists are comfortable. I think they should be shut off first. Either it's an emergency, or it isn't. If it is, then don't protect the tourists from it. If SCE is willing to shut off all means of commerce for everyone else, why not "strangers", too? Also, is it a good idea to have Cottage Hospital in the shut-off zone, especially, since the ER is going to be full of heat stroke patients if the temperature is what it is expected to be today. At the very least, this is a HUGE PR disaster for SCE and Emergency Services. Just reading these comments, along with the contradictory phone calls and texts. I got a voicemail that SB is "off the list", then I got two calls that I was "on the list", and I see on here that many people were notified LAST NIGHT that we are off the list. Nobody seems to know - mostly SCE, who is all over the map. Speaking of maps, there are several versions, and they contradict each other. The interactive map has changed since last month, adding the several block area of downtown on which hundreds or more Senior Housing units are located. Has the HA got a plan for those vulnerable folks? When this current "crisis' has passed, a REAL plan needs to be put in place, not just making it up as they go. SCE is going to err on the side of their shareholders, not their customers who would prefer not to live under Third World conditions.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 05:44 PM
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Sorry. I don't mean those needing medical care, I mean those needing daily support and those with devices dependent on electricity. I agree that vulnerable elderly are most susceptible to heat stroke, etc. But those dependent on devices are urged to be known to the utility, local health providers, and SB County Public Health. I haven't dealt with anyone dependent on devices since hemodialysis years ago. I only dealt with real disaster as a low member of County EOC. =========================================================================It's not great. But its NOT third world. First take adavantage of what' soffered in our community.

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 05:40 PM
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It's a PR disaster for SCE, just as it was for PG&E earlier this month. Those needing medical care are urged NOT to go to hospital; they're urged to plan ahead, and there are resources for them. (Need I cite? Not here and now; I have in the past.) Hospitals have the best emergency plans -- do you know? Have you worked in one? Amazingly, hospitals don't get all inside information they need. Especially when power companies can't tell their whatever from their whereever!

a-1573560315 Oct 20, 2019 05:35 PM
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Yes, the maps and SCE notification are useless. I think we all agree about that. And it's unlikely we'll see a shutdown, though I wonder about east Montecito area. However, we need to be responsible for ourselves, as we do in the case of fire or eathquake. And look out for our neighbors and those who are vulnerable. (I'm a caregiver.) =========================================================================== I urge you to read up on meteorology and fire behavior. I will drive to the closest beach if I need to evacuate, if I don't hit the freeway. (I still remember my parents having the VW van packed up when the Coyote Fire reached east. And I lived through the Painted Cave fire, which my recent neighbors wouldn't have if we'd all been home.) ===========================================================================You make some good points, but slow down and do what you need to take care of yourself and others.

mtndriver Oct 20, 2019 09:11 AM
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Barbarian, the areas for shut off are chosen because of wind predictions. Nothing to do with tourism. SCE doesn’t care about tourists. The dry, strong sundowners and Santa Anas come down the slopes of the mountains.

a-1573560315 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.

a-1573560315 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-1573560315 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-1573560315 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-1573560315 Oct 19, 2019 07:00 PM
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Wow the SCE maps are so messed up. They have 4 SB maps. Then, they have "unincorporated areas" maps, and they include things like Samarkand and Oak Park, last I checked those are not unincorporated areas? So on one map we are clear but another, smack dab in the middle of it.

a-1573560315 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-1573560315 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-1573560315 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-1573560315 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-1573560315 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.

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-1573560315 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.

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).

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