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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EastBeach Oct 17, 2019 12:05 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Current NOAA forecast is for strong winds for SB and SB Mountains the next few days. Go here and scroll down ..... https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/display_product.php?sid=LOX&pil=ZFP

a-1575819679 Oct 16, 2019 10:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Forecasting these power shutoffs is going to be messy. Having lived through two years of evacuation notices in Montecito I will point out that each potential event takes on a life of its own- first you need to prepare to evacuate in three days, then a few hours later it’s “never mind, stay put,” then the following day you’re evacuating again, and so on. It’s just a big frustrating yo-yo. It would be good to know what corrective actions SCE are taking to keep the power on full time.

PitMix Oct 17, 2019 08:31 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

The really big intense fires that killed a bunch of people in the last few years were definitely caused by power lines. Have you heard of the Thomas or Camp fires? No? Then I guess you think your statement is true.

Sagepup Oct 16, 2019 07:29 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

The maps are to weird , I cant tell if my shop is or isnt going to have power , it looks as though I'm in the shut of zone , why cant they put out a map with the whole city and the effected areas , the shut off line goes right through my building, I mean threw the middle of the building , please help old guy understand, this is not how we did maps last century

PitMix Oct 17, 2019 08:32 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Ventura County got diagrams of their power circuits and can show specifically which circuits will be shut off on their webiste. Is it possible for SB OES staff to do the same? Would mean actually doing work on their part.

a-1575819679 Oct 16, 2019 07:16 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie.

Helene Franks Oct 16, 2019 05:06 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

FYI - A good portion of the east side (including most of Milpas) and the riviera are included on the Montecito map...in case you don't live in Montecito and would not have thought to look at that map. Same with the Mission Canyon map; it covers a big chunk of State Street and the upper east side.

Shasta Guy Oct 16, 2019 05:37 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Yes, you got that right. It looks like it’s possible for the shut off to go from San Roque Rd all the way to Montecito nominally East of State or De La Vina. This means the entire East Side could go dark. I already have 4 x one gallon jugs of water frozen and 12 x 1 liter bottles freezing in my garage upright freezer. If they shut the power then it becomes one large cooler. Stock up on your batteries and get LED flashlights now before the run starts.

Shasta Guy Oct 16, 2019 04:36 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

From the SCE PSPS affected area website: ◾Santa Barbara** ◾Unincorporated areas including Gaviota, Concepcion, Santa Barbara County. El Capitan Park, Mission Canyon, Montecito Do due diligence and check the maps on the SCE website. THANKS Edhat for making it so easy to check. If this happens it will affect many, many people.

Shasta Guy Oct 16, 2019 04:28 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

They have Mission Canyon and the Upper East on the list. Start making your plans, I am. Here's the map of the affected area. ====================== https://library.sce.com/content/dam/sce-doclib/public/sce-high-fire-area-emergency-documents/santa-barbara-county/_083_PUESTA.pdf

preliminari Oct 16, 2019 01:02 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

I too am not receiving notices via SMS or email. The only way to fix this is to make public utilities, well... Public Utilities! The idea of privatizing anything that is a basic living necessity (and I'll argue that electricity is one) is simply crazy. The whole point of a corporation - even one with complicit government oversight - is to make as much money as possible, not serve the public good. The money they make goes in their pockets. It stays there. They have so much money they can't possibly spend it all but they still need more. It's a personality disorder really. The money they make by squeezing it out of you and me is not being used to properly maintain, upgrade, or modernize the electrical grid. So, the only way to fix this is to take the profit motive out of the equation by making the utility a truly public one. What are the odds of something like that happening in this era? Zilch. And that's sad. So you had better just become a prepper and get your MREs stocked and 50 gals of drinking water ready. None of this is going to end anytime soon and will only get worse with climate change (yes, that's a real thing).

Factotum Oct 17, 2019 09:44 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

PUC spent billions on alternative energy and electric car rebates, which is what California consumers wanted. Now they demand line safety but not rate increases. Make up your minds because it appears you can't have everything.

preliminari Oct 17, 2019 08:59 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Well, I think you miss the mark. As employees we do try and make as much as we can sure. In most large corporations it's the stockholders and board and friends that actually make the money. The employees are just cogs and are typically paid and treated like such. Take a moment and think about where the electric companies get their money to pay their employees, buy their equipment, pretend to maintain their infrastructure, and pony up billions to their shareholders and board members. It comes from each one of us electricity consumers paying our bill each month. So, it seems they are raking in enough to accomplish all of that for the most part. Now, what if you took out the board and stockholders? Then that would free up tons of money to either lower the consumers' bills or improve infrastructure or both. Things could be different I suppose if there were true competition in the marketplace, but that is not the case.

preliminari Oct 17, 2019 08:43 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

One thing that most people fail to remember is that WE are the government. WE can provide for OURSELVES better and more efficiently than anyone else. Nobody goes into working for the government to get rich. At lease not most of us. Those that do are actually working the political ladder for the big payoff in the end. Unfortunately too many people feel as you do and here we are - sitting in the dark wondering when the lights will come back on.

a-1575819679 Oct 17, 2019 08:32 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Unfortunately when the government runs something it turns into a bureaucratic and inefficient operation whose primary purpose is to provide highly paid jobs and lucrative benefits for large numbers of government employees.

a-1575819679 Oct 16, 2019 04:57 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

Yes, PRELIMINARI, that IS the point of a for profit corporation - to make money. It's called capitalism and private business and if you had one you'd want to make as much money as possible too - don't we all strive for that even as employees? There is nothing wrong with that. However, I agree that things the public needs like electricity should not be driven by that, to the detriment of the end user (of course the utility has to make money too in order to pay employees and maintain / purchase equipment and the like but it can go in the wrong direction).

DBD Oct 16, 2019 01:56 PM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

"The whole point of a corporation - even one with complicit government oversight - is to make as much money as possible, not serve the public good." Many business are 'corporations', somewhere around 10,000,000 in the US. They aren't all greedy/sleazy like you imply. 'Corporation' has turned into such a bad word in the last few years.

mrtrump Oct 16, 2019 11:37 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

The solution to the problem is to increase natural gas production in Santa Barbara County, and burn that natural gas in gas fired electrical powerplants located near the end users. Bringing electricity over dangerous power lines that run through forests must be ended.

a-1575819679 Oct 16, 2019 10:51 AM
Santa Barbara County Removed from Power Shut Off List

SHOREBIRD - did you get it by mail or what? I live in Western Goleta and am signed up for all the notices, but have not seen anything about this. Even the SCE website doesn't have any notice for SB County.

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