power outages

Concern about the potential for the high wind leading to power lines starting brush fires has led to some intentional outages in Ventura County. About 2600 customers in the county are currently impacted. They include parts of the Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai, Moorpark, and Somis areas.

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The increased brush fire threat has led to some public safety power outages on the South Coast, as a precaution against downed lines starting brush fires. As of noon Thursday, Southern California Edison officials say about 5400 customers in the Santa Paula and Somis areas have been affected by an intentional blackout. But, 76,000 customers in Ventura County have been told they are in potential outage areas.

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The increased brush fire threat for the next few days has led to more than 90,000 power customers on the South Coast being notified they could be hit by intentional electrical shutdowns. Some 94,000 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura County have been told they are in potential outage areas.

After several fires in California, including the Thomas Fire in the last year, the Edison company is reaching out to the public to talk about its policies when it comes to wildfires and our power supply.

The company has developed protocols relating to power shutoff in extreme fire conditions such as high winds, that may present a clear danger to the public.

The wind has eased on the South Coast, but it’s made for a rough weekend for some local communities.

Montecito was hit by a major power outage late Friday and early Saturday, with the outage triggering seven structure fires.

None of the fires caused major damage, but the firefighters were busy responding to the fire and power lines down calls.