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Santa Barbara County Hosting Meetings Over Power Cutoffs To Prevent Brush Fires During Wind Events


Santa Barbara County is holding a pair of community meetings to prepare people for the possibility of emergency power shutdowns in areas which may be at risk for brush fires during dangerous weather conditions. The meetings will take place in Montecito this Thursday night, and in Los Olivos next Monday night.

Officials with Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison say they will use localized Public Safety Power Shutoffs in the region if meteorologists think high winds could pose a risk to power lines.

The meetings are intended to explain what might lead to shutoffs being triggered, and what people can expect if they do occur. Santa Barbara County officials say people should be prepared for shutoffs which could last multiple days.

The first meeting will take place at 5:30 Thursday night at Montecito Union School. The second one, in the Santa Ynez Valley, will take place at 5:30 Monday night, at Los Olivos Elementary School.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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