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Blue Cut Fire, August 23, 2016, as of 6:15 p.m.
- As of 6:15 p.m. today, approximately 70 customers are without service in the areas impacted by the fire, including Hesperia, Oak Hills, Pinon Hills, Phelan, Victorville and a number of communities in unincorporated San Bernardino County near the Cajon Pass.
- Damage assessment personnel have identified 501 poles for replacement. The number of poles is not expected to increase as damage assessment work is almost complete.
- Our crews have installed approximately 153 of the 501 poles that were damaged.
- Half a dozen portable generators have been delivered to temporarily power commercial and residential customers while restoration efforts continue. We are assessing more locations to bring on additional generators to provide service to more customers.
- We recognize the challenges and difficulties faced by the community during these wildfires. We thank our customers for their patience as we continue to restore service to their homes and businesses.
- As impacted customers return to their homes and businesses, they are urged to call our Call Center if they are still without power so crews can prioritize assistance.
- Restoration of electric service to some customers impacted by the Blue Cut Fire will take place before the end of the day, but specific times are not available at this time.
- Restoration personnel will work 16-hour days; starting from dawn to dusk. Restoration activities will not take place during late evening hours due to personnel safety concerns and continuing hazardous conditions.
- The Red Cross and the County opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to provide support and information to impacted residents of the fire. We will have a table with program brochures to assist impacted customers.
Location: Victorville Fair Grounds Building 6, 14800 7th St., Victorville, CA
Dates: Friday, August 19 – Thursday, August 25
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Power Outage and Wildfire Safety Tips:
- If possible, stay away from areas severely impacted by the fire damage.
- If you see downed lines, please call 911 and report it to the police and fire departments immediately. Never touch or try to move a downed power line.
- Check on the safety of family members and neighbors, especially those dependent on power for medical equipment.
- Do not rely on candles for lighting during a power outage because they could pose a fire hazard; please use flashlights.
- Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fossil fuels not meant for indoor use. They could create deadly fumes if used indoors.
- If you are without electrical service in your home or business, leave a light switch in the “on” position to serve as a signal that electrical service has been restored in your area.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronic equipment.
- If you are using a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using heavy-duty extension cords. Do not connect generators directly to household circuits. Doing so creates “backfeed,” which is extremely dangerous and could be fatal to repair crews.