Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off
By edhat staff
In an effort to prevent wildfires, California power companies are cutting electricity in high-risk areas throughout the state.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has cut the power to nearly 13,000 customers on Thursday from Fillmore to Rancho Cucamonga, mostly in unincorporated areas. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)'s outage map was down Thursday afternoon but the predicted areas in Northern California started in Eureka and extended down to Watsonville.
While SCE and PG&E provide service to the local area, Santa Barbara County was not considered for the current Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management has been actively engaged with both utilities as elevated fire weather and winds continue to impact California.
It's estimated that over 1 million people were without power in California on Thursday.
Santa Barbara residents are encouraged to go to www.ReadySBC.org to learn more about how to prepare for a potential PSPS event and register to receive notifications from local emergency response agencies should a PSPS event or other disasters occur within the county.
The community is invited to learn more about the PSPS program and information to help prepare for possible extended power outages on October 14 in Santa Maria. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the County Government Center Hearing Room (511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria 93455). It will also be streamed live on the County’s YouTube channel “CSBTV20.”