public safety power shutoffs

The Santa Ana wind conditions which have created an increased brush fire danger have prompted a number of public safety power shutoffs in Ventura County. As of noon Monday, Southern California Edison official report about 8900 customers in the county have been impacted. They include some in the Santa Paula, Moorpark, Simi Valley, and Santa Susana areas.

A reduction in the brush fire threat for parts of the Central and South Coasts due to changes in the weather has eased the intentional power shutoff situation.

Southern California Edison officials say that as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, some 300 Ventura County power customers are without electricity due to the precautionary cutoffs.  That's less than ten percent of the people impacted Thursday night.

The wind prompted Southern California Edison to pull the plug on power to more than 4700 customers in Ventura County, as part of efforts to prevent power lines from accidentally starting a brush fire. Some people in the Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Santa Paula, and Ventura areas were among those impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoffs Thursday night.

It a situation that’s made a lot of people on the Central and South Coasts nervous. Could the power be going out soon as part of one of the precautionary blackouts intended to prevent brush fires? But, for some people it’s more of an academic question, because they have a green alternative.

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 scattered public safety power shutoffs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

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 mild weather we’re having right now may be just another break before another wave of potentially dangerous wind, and high brush fire potential for parts of the Central and South Coasts. National Weather Service meteorologists say we could see some strong wind around the end of the work week. At this point, the concern is about the potential for strong wind in Santa Barbara County, in the Santa Ynez Mountain Range.

Southern California Edison has lifted all of the precautionary power shutoffs it had in place for Ventura County due to high brush fire danger.

At it's peak, nearly 8,000 customers in the county were impacted by outages, which at the time was the most of any county in Southern California.  Parts of Camarillo, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Santa Susana, and Simi Valley were affected.  

High brush fire danger predicted for this week could result in some Public Safety Power Shutoffs on the Central and South Coasts.

Southern California Edison has put more than 21,000 customers on notice in Ventura County of a possible shutoff.  The impacted areas includes parts of Camarillo, Fillmore, the Santa Rosa Valley, Ventura, the unincorporated area north of Moorpark, Piru, and Santa Susana.