Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

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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.”

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a-1571480394 Oct 13, 2019 10:07 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Thank you to those who post information. Helpful and appreciated. There are some Edhat teachers who know how to explain things and offer guidance. As Mr. Rogers said, "Look for the helpers".

a-1571480394 Oct 13, 2019 08:31 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Thursday Oct. 17 is Earthquake Day's ShakeOut. Dr. Lucy Jones warns on being without power during fire danger, but she says in a major earthquake we could be without power for months. She's not just an earthquake guru, but is also a musician, and has recently composed: "In Nomine Terra Calens": In the name of a warming Earth. https://twitter.com/DrLucyJones?lang=en

a-1571480394 Oct 13, 2019 08:02 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

If there's an evacuation called in S.B. during a sudden wildfire, let's say...in the middle of the night, and power was already turned off by Edison, and it cut power to cell towers, HOW do we get notified? I'd like to hear from others how they have arranged to get notified. I'm old, not very clever, not calm, not good on my feet, so I count on early notification so I can amble to my car and get out of here, away from fire and smoke.

Channelfog Oct 13, 2019 07:11 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Most large cell tower arrays have automatic, on-site generator back-up, and so will be up and running in an outage. Next outage, check to see where you have phone signal. You may have to go up a hill, on a roof etc., but it's good to know if and where you can communicate.

a-1571480394 Oct 12, 2019 04:03 PM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Power off, we lose: cell phone and cell towers, medical home equipment, lift chairs, hospital/electric beds, lights, refrigerator, AC/Heat, fans, air purifier, hair dryer, hair curler, electric toothbrush, tv, internet, garage door, toilet, electric stove, water heater, push button lock door knob (keyless lock), burglar alarm, gas station pumps, grocery store registers, restaurants, banking, automatic doors, elevators, fire hydrants, sprinklers indoors, street lights, intersection traffic lights, 911—no police, no fire, no ambulance.

a-1571480394 Oct 12, 2019 03:31 PM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Fire hydrants. L.A. Times story - Thomas Fire: “Some fire hydrants didn’t work because of power outages, firefighters say.” Officials said power outages caused by the fire and heavy winds left some water pumping stations inoperable, meaning water couldn’t reach the fire hydrants. It’s unclear how many hydrants lost water pressure. But water officials said elevated areas — including canyons and hillside neighborhoods hit hard by the fires — tended to suffer the most from the lack of water pressure.” https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fire-hydrants-not-working-venturs-20171205-story.html

LCP112233 Oct 12, 2019 02:07 PM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

I feel sorry for all the businesses that have to close. And the employees who won't be getting paid. My business would certainly suffer if production is down. What if there is a fire anyway and fire sprinklers don't work? Will fire insurance pay out if you don't have working fire sprinklers?

Shasta Guy Oct 12, 2019 09:40 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

It was bound to happen, apparently a man died up in Northern California after the PSPS outage caused his oxygen support equipment to stop functioning: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/norcal-man-using-oxygen-tank-dies-within-minutes-of-deliberate-pge-power-outage-family-says/ Don’t let this happen to you, those you love, and those you know.

Shasta Guy Oct 12, 2019 11:13 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Either he was going to die in his sleep anyway that night, or the stress on his body from losing his oxygen machine pushed his already compromised health over the brink. All the family knows is that he was alive before the power outage but found dead after the power was off. Had the power stayed on and he passed in his sleep of natural causeS, that would be bad enough to process. Because he was found dead after the power outage his family will forever wonder if their dad would still be alive if the power stayed on.

pstarSR Oct 12, 2019 10:45 AM
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this was just updated, the report now is that he did NOT die because of the power outage. https://www.kcra.com/article/el-dorado-county-man-dies-pgande-shutoffs/29444192# "On Friday, the El Dorado County coroner found the cause of death as severe coronary artery atherosclerosis. The coroner investigation said the power outage was not the cause of death."

Shasta Guy Oct 12, 2019 08:44 PM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Sea Dog below at 7:17am said is it costs him $30/day for his generator to run his fridge and other stuff on a generator from 7am to 10pm. That’s an excellent planning number, At $4/gal, you do the math.

mp805 Oct 12, 2019 10:55 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Thanks PSTARSR. it was an honest question wasn't going to comment on any solar or wind scam. Appreciate the information. So if you don't have a backup like you mentioned home generators are running off fuel and how much does it take to run one from lets say 7am to 9pm?

pstarSR Oct 12, 2019 10:32 AM
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if you are a "grid tie" system, wind, solar etc. These systems will cease to function unless you have a battery backup system installed also, which removed you from the grid during an outage and powers the home as a "off-grid" system. I dont want to hear people say "see solar is a scam", its not. you just have to plan for what your end use is. you can either grid tie solar, with no battery and offest your cost of power you get from the grid. or go off grid and provide your own power. When the grid goes down, they have no way of stopping your power from returning into the system. so to stop workers getting electrocuted while they are working, or to stop wild fires. These "grid tie" solar/ wind systems turn off. its required by california law. But like I said, If you bought a battery backup system along with it. you can power your home during an outage like this. Most people opt to not do this because its expensive.

bigone Oct 11, 2019 09:51 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

There was an interesting interview with Katy Grimes, editor of the California Globe, last night, the gist of which was the PUC is comprised of five controlling liberal Democratic members, appointed by Jerry Brown and continuing with Newsom and is corrupt to the core. The ownership of the utility companies seek to maximize returns to their shareholders (nothing new with that in business) and have consequently not spent money on improving the infrastructures that would prevent or minimize wildfires. And Newsom just signed into law AB1054, which was approved by the legislature in a record four days, that passes the cost of damage caused by wildfires to the customers. (see https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/gov-newsom-signs-unconstitutional-wildfire-legislation-passing-costs-to-ratepayers/) This comes via new taxes on their utility bills to establish $10.5 billion for the fund. Thanks, Gavin, for your concern for your citizens. PG&E made massive campaign contributions to nearly every member of the legislature to secure passage of AB 1054 and that the utility “donated" $248,000 to help elect Gov. Gavin Newsom . Yep, you've been bought out once again, Gov. At least you won't have to pay for anything next time a fire damages one of your Napa Valley vineyards, we'll pay it for you.

a-1571480394 Oct 11, 2019 09:35 AM
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CBSN L.A. live tv online. They're reporting FIVE freeways completely shut down. #210, #5, #14, #118, #405 (CHP, as of 9:30 a.m. Friday). Traffic/roads updates: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/live/

Shasta Guy Oct 11, 2019 09:26 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Sea Dog: enjoy the peace and tranquility of Shasta County. I went through your area to get my load of firewood for the winter. At least Redding has Trader Joe's now. Give a glance to my mountain relatives, Sister Shasta and Brother Lassen.

a-1571480394 Oct 11, 2019 09:13 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Olivas Fire details for our Ventura friends stay alert today, especially if your power is turned off, https://twitter.com/hashtag/OlivasFire?src=hash&lang=en

a-1571480394 Oct 11, 2019 09:07 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Olivas Fire, Ventura/Oxnard, smoke impacting #101. Fire started this morning in river bottom (another fire gift from drug addict/campers?) Followed here: https://twitter.com/ai6yrham?lang=en

Factotum Oct 11, 2019 08:44 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

WSJ reports today PG&E ..."for years skimped on safety upgrades while pumping billions into green energy and electric-car subsidies to please its overlords in Sacramento." (Our state legislators)

a-1571480394 Oct 11, 2019 08:11 AM
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Caltrans has announced many road closures this morning, and note if you are planning to travel: #Saddleridgefire: ALL LANES CLOSED at: SB 5 @ Calgrove. NB 5 @ 118. NB 14 at Newhall. WB 210 @ 118. WB 118 Balboa to DeSoto . NB 405 @ 118. EB 118 connector to WB 210. EB 118 conn to NB 405. NB 405 conn to WB 118. NB/SB 5 conn to EB 118.

a-1571480394 Oct 11, 2019 07:53 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

I talked to the manager of iHop (Turnpike/Calle Real) yesterday about his plans if the power is turned off for several days by Edison. He's thinking about having a limited menu during daylight hours, but trying to stay open MAYBE. If you stop by iHop, ask for the manager and encourage him to stay open somehow. People's isolation involved in power outages could be limited if a nice hot breakfast was available, and some conversation with fellow sufferers. Community!

a-1571480394 Oct 12, 2019 04:56 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Power out for a few hours and you softies start whining and bellyaching. You wanna talk sufferage? Chat with the Kurds betrayed by our fealty challengeD commander in chief.

forrestmv18 Oct 11, 2019 08:32 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

How would someone quantify notic(ing) air quality impacts? Because of a handful of generators from CARB certified engines? One bum fire exceeds particulate release from multitudes of generators that are necessary due to our new 3rd world status...

sea dog Oct 11, 2019 08:09 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Everyone around here has at least 2.5 acres and many properties are bigger. There are no generators with in 200 yards of my place except mine. My generator is new and I don't smell any smoke standing right next to it. We keep it 100 feet away behind a wall and I can't even hear it with the door closed.

sea dog Oct 11, 2019 07:17 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

It's our third day since our power was shut off here in Shasta county. We have a 7000 watt portable generator and have most things we require hooked to it. It costs $30 a day to run it from 7 am to 10 pm. The wind quit here yesterday but PG&E employees are driving around checking all the wires. Shasta college has no power and PG&E said it may be Sunday before it comes back on. I can hear at least 3 generators from my property. Wells for the water company and neighborhood cable junction boxes also have generators. I don't think PG&E's stock crashing yesterday will help get the power back on faster :-(

Shasta Guy Oct 12, 2019 08:24 PM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

I believe it means mobile home park. In many places in Northern California you can get a 3 bed 2 bath home on >1 acre for $350K. I just gave away the big secret.

Shasta Guy Oct 12, 2019 11:05 AM
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Biguglystick: not a snarky question at all. I live and work here. I grew up in Shasta County, but came here in 1980 to go to UCSB. Up there an engineer is generally someone who operates a locomotive, not someone who designs aerospace products. Fortunately I was able to find employment here that supports my family. We regularly travel to Mount Shasta to be saturated in the tranquillity and beauty of nature and to rendezvous with family. I travel up there routinely to take care of a fully licensed & permitted vacation property that enables many people from all over the country and world to enjoy the Mount Shasta area. The area is full of wonderful trails to waterfall, lakes, subalpine meadows, ancients forests, and of course the immense majesty of Mount Shasta. I am intending to submit some articles to Edhat about the area. Many people around here never make it that far north, and if they do they don’t stray very far from their gas stop off of I-5. it’s a quirky area too. Some of my neighbors believe in chem trails, aliens in this dimension, aliens from other dimensions, and the regenerating celestial energy found pure Mount Shasta water all of which makes for very interesting conversations. Another neighbor has as many solar panels as he possibly can have to charge his EV and heats his home solely with downed wood from the forest that he cuts with his battery operated chain saw charged by his solar panels. It’s an awesome place to recharge from the crazy things that happen in this town.

biguglystick Oct 12, 2019 10:24 AM
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Shasta Guy, Real question here, not being snarky. I'm just wondering, if you live so far up north, why are you a subscriber and regular commenter on SB EdHat? Did you used to live here? What is your interest in a community that is not your own?

a-1571480394 Oct 12, 2019 10:24 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Shasta Guy, Real question here, not being snarky. I'm just wondering, if you live so far up north, why are you a subscriber and regular commenter on SB EdHat? Did you used to live here? What is your interest in a community that is not your own?

sea dog Oct 11, 2019 08:16 AM
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I am in N Redding behind Shasta college. Redding and Shasta lake city are not on PG&E and still have the power on. We are all glad summer is over. We had the second hottest August ever ... Except for the heat, I love it here. 5 big black tail bucks live in the bushes off my driveway. We even have some albino deer where I live. I could hunt deer, geese, quail and dove w/o leaving my porch. My property here is bigger than the entire M.H.P. where I lived on the East side of S.B.

Shasta Guy Oct 11, 2019 07:24 AM
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Thanks for the report! I saw that the PSPS outage extended up into the Redding area. Where in Shasta County are you located? I grew up in Redding. I was in Mount Shasta last weekend getting our house ready for the winter. The only place I could get firewood was in Redding just off of Old Alturas Road. How are grocery stores and gas stations faring? Stay safe. At least it’s not 110F like a good old Redding summer day.

Channelfog Oct 11, 2019 06:13 AM
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At least natural gas will be available for a few more years. Plans call for the elimination of the natural gas distribution network within a decade. This is ostensibly to make homes more Carbon neutral. The gas will however be burned at electric generator sites, and there are many electrical transmission losses, so the overall Carbon footprint will remain largely the same. The gas companies will benefit from having to maintain a much smaller distribution network to turbine generators only, putting many our of work. We are essentially heading back in time to the "Gold Medallion" all electric homes. Talk about 3rd world!

RHS Oct 11, 2019 02:22 PM
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My "source" is my brother in law? What nonsense. My source is my cousin who is getting a job with the new left green socialist coalition taking over CA!! Geez. No wonder we can't have a conversation, much less an informed debate, about these issues. Channelfog, you have lost almost any credibility with this participant.

Channelfog Oct 11, 2019 12:28 PM
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My source is my brother in law who is retiring from SoCalGasCo management. Berkeley has already prohibited natural gas in new construction. It is all part of "The Green Raw Deal". Channelfog

Thomas John Oct 11, 2019 06:28 AM
Fire Weather Prompts Statewide Power Shut Off

Channelfog - can you point me to a report where they are planning on the elimination of natural gas within a decade? I've heard some cities aren't allowing new hook ups to homes - but nothing on the scale you're talking about.

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