Widespread Power Outage

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Update by Edhat Staff
8:40 a.m., December 6, 2017

​​So Cal Edison reports that as of 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, 6,565 residents are without power due to the Thomas Fire. 

Depending on wind and fire conditions throughout the week, these numbers could fluctuate. Transmission lines will continue to be threatened as the fire continues to burn along the transmission path possibly causing additional interruptions.


Update by So Cal Edison
4:30 p.m., December 5, 2017

  • As of 4 p.m., 43,000 customers are experiencing outages across the SCE territory. Additionally, those customers affected in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties by the fires could range from as little as 9,000 to as many as 260,000.
  • We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service under difficult and volatile conditions.
  • Transmission lines will continue to be threatened as the fire continues to burn along the transmission path possibly causing additional interruptions.
  • Due to the fires, the system could face additional strain and customers in the affected areas could lose power customers are being asked to conserve energy.
  • Crews and all field personnel are trying to make assessments but are hampered by fire conditions. They are waiting to be granted access to the region.
  • Many of the scheduled maintenance outages in areas affected by the fires will be cancelled.
  • A local transmission emergency was declared by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) due to the loss of critical transmission lines serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara area, and has requested additional generation units to support restoration of power for the impacted area.
  • Our priority is to restore the transmission system or reroute power from unaffected areas to impacted customers.
  • We have mobilized additional resources to the impacted areas.
  • You can report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting www.sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.

Update by edhat staff
10:00 a.m., December 5, 2017

Intermittent power outages have continued throughout Tuesday morning in Santa Barbara County. So Cal Edison does not have an estimated timeline for stable and consistent power to be restored.

Local fire officials remind residents to keep emergency lines open and only call 9-1-1 if you're having an emergency.

If you're at home, make sure your holiday lights and decorations are plugged into a surge charger and that you are not putting your cords under carpets. If at you're at work, make sure all plugs are in surge protectors and that you are saving all your work. 

Today would be a good day to take the stairs and not use the elevators. Fire Crews do a lot of elevator rescues when the power goes out and you don’t want to be stuck in one.

There is the possibility of strong winds this afternoon, so make sure that your patio furniture and any hanging outdoor plants are secure.


Update by edhat staff
8:00 a.m., December 5, 2017

The Thomas Fire in Santa Paula causes widespread power outages in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Several edhat readers reported outages from Goleta to Summerland that began around 10:00 p.m. on Monday. Southern California Edison (SCE) reported approximately 83,000 residents in Santa Barbara County and 180,000 residents in Ventura County were affected due to the Thomas Fire.

SCE reported their transmission lines were impacted because of the fire.

Just before 3:00 a.m., SCE stated all residents in Santa Barbara County had their power restored. Ventura County residents will continue to experience outages.


Edhat readers report widespread power outages that began on Monday evening into Tuesday morning throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta

Reported by edhatters

  • 10:02 p.m.: We have no power in the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of East Valerio. Any word on how widespread this is and/or when it will be fixed?
  • 10:03 p.m.: Just before 10 pm tonight we had a power outage with ATT cell outage too. 154 at Foothill. Cell service came back after 3 minutes. Then power a minute later. Power back out.
  • 10:04 p.m.: Power has been out between Fairview Ave North of Calle Real to Los Carneros to the West since 10:00 PM
  • 8:00 a.m.: On the Westside, power outage of the entire neighborhood, a few flickers back on and off. My phone said it came back on around 4am Tuesday.
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sbrobert Dec 06, 2017 10:21 AM
Widespread Power Outage

Hate to inject politics, but there is a very serious political angle. The Republicans have blocked efforts for years to invest our Federal tax dollars in a modern Smart Grid. There is no excuse in the modern world for a line failure 50 miles away to cause a power failure.

a-1524750432 Dec 06, 2017 12:42 PM
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Just look at how the GOP has ruined Santa Barbara and the entire State of California.

a-1524750432 Dec 06, 2017 12:23 PM
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"Treat the cause, not the symptoms." Your comment makes no sense. The cause IS the GOP's corruption and blocking of needed improvements, protections, regulations, etc.

a-1524750432 Dec 06, 2017 11:54 AM
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Both of you should quit it with assigning 100% fault to either "side" for anything going on politically right now. No one will EVER come to a common understanding if all we do is point the finger back and forth instead of talking about the issues. Treat the cause, not the symptoms.

a-1524750432 Dec 06, 2017 11:40 AM
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If you would stop believing EVERYTHING you hear when watching your beloved Fox "news" for one minute, you will understand thst none of the whole mess we are in has nothing to do with the Dems!

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 02:51 PM
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I just bought groceries I shoved as much in the freezer as I could I was screaming in the middle of the night at the power going off and on trying to post. One scanner had batteries I heard one channel in Ventura County very faint and the Eucalyptus homeowners on their Ham radios I believe gave me most of the info I needed to bad I could not post it, Sorry I failed......

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 05:09 PM
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If you have renter's insurance or homeowner's insurance, it may actually be covered! I recently re-read my allstate policy and as long as the power outage does not originate ON your property, the food is covered.

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 03:47 PM
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We had something similar happen after returning from the shop. None of the neighbors had opened their front doors for good reason, but we propped our outer one just a smidge. Thank goodness because when the reports were positive, then the "coast was cleat!" (Or at least it seemed to be clear.)

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 01:57 PM
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Just got back from Sansum Clinic at Pesetas. They had us use the stairs; no elevators.

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 01:19 PM
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We've been stable here in DT SB so far. However my diagnostic testing was cancelled. Not sure why b/c we do have power but I suspect either instruments are flickering or they are concerned that an outage will happen mid -exam (which would not be fun since its a mammo/ultrasound!)

Jazzee Dec 05, 2017 01:01 PM
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Gotta question. If I risk going out this evening and there's another lengthy outage, will there be traffic signals working around town? If not, I might just stay home.

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 01:26 PM
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Yes, traffic signals will go out, they are powered by electricity not batteries. And, stay out of elevators!

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 11:13 AM
Widespread Power Outage

SBCC is closed and being evacuated: "While there is currently no immediate danger, we have decided to CLOSE CAMPUS as of 10:15 AM and CANCEL ALL ACTIVITIES on campus for the remainder of the day (December 5th, 2017). Students that are currently on campus should evacuate in an orderly and timely fashion. There is no immediate danger. Staff will be walking the campuses to assist and provide further instructions. I understand the issue this creates regarding finals, but our primary concern is safety. Rolling power outages are expected to continue throughout the day and shifting wind conditions are making air quality and visibility issues that will likely worsen throughout the day. We will work on a plan to accommodate classes affected by this closure and will communicate that plan as soon as possible."

John Swepston Dec 05, 2017 11:02 AM
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My power has been out at least 12 times, in Goleta, since Monday evening. Got tired of resetting all my clocks. Going to just let them flash until the grid shows some stability. :)

Resident Dec 05, 2017 09:37 AM
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Power is out again at 9:36 in northeast Santa Barbara.

SBCountyLocal Dec 05, 2017 09:34 AM
Widespread Power Outage

After the power went out and didn't come back on I took a drive, because my phone needed to be charged and I wanted to see who/what still had electricity... The restrooms at the beach were lit up, but looked locked, and most street lights didn't work and the random store was lit up, but most everything else was dark. On my drive up State Street I saw someone who worked for Edison. He told me that the lines, which happen to be over some property my family has in Santa Paula, were turned off. Apparently they do this when fires get out of hand and really high. This is done to try and prevent the lines from burning up. At the time I spoke to him he didn't now if the lines were toast or not, but there was real concern that they would be destroyed because of the fire or that they could start a fire if something happened. - This call was made by a state agency not Edison. - The property in Santa Paula is fine, but the fire burned right up to the orchards and homes.

a-1524750432 Dec 05, 2017 08:36 AM
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This outage was huge all the way down to Camarillo. It may be b/c of the fire, that hasn't been confirmed yet but is the suspicion. It was restored at 4 am however it went out again briefly this am so if this is from the fire I suspect we may have intermittent outages until they get it under control (major power lines run through Santa Paula).

tagdes Dec 05, 2017 08:44 AM
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It is because of the fire. There were articles here and else where about Edison installing these huge generators at various strategic locations for just this kind of situation. To get them up and running without problems is no small task.

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