Firefighters on the Central and South Coasts are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, with strong wind creating the potential for elevated brush fire conditions for the next few days. The forecast prompted Southern California Edison to announce there could be some public safety power shutoffs in Santa Barbara County, but the areas under consideration have been downsized.
The strongest wind in the region is predicted for Saturday evening, with 60 mile an hour gusts in Southern Santa Barbara County in the Santa Ynez Mountains possible. Then, on Sunday and Monday, there could be some Santa Ana conditions in Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains.
The areas in Edison’s potential Public Safety Power Shutoff area as midday Thursday include unincorporated areas of the county near Lompoc, Gaviota, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. The area has been downsized from nearly 7,000 customers Wednesday night to about 2,000 Thursday.