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Fire and Wind-Related Outages

Current Status

Public safety power shutoff

  • To protect public safety, SCE is prepared to turn off power to a limited number of circuits in areas where there is a high probability of extreme winds.
  • The company’s first priority is to protect public safety and the integrity of the system serving customers.
  • No circuits have been turned off today due to weather conditions.


Fire and Wind-Related Update 

  • The fire is continuing to threaten the transmission lines serving Santa Barbara.
  • We are requesting residential and commercial customers in the Santa Barbara area to significantly reduce power consumption throughout the duration of this event, to ease potential strain on the local system.
    • Energy Conservation Tips:
      • Turn off all unnecessary appliances and equipment. Shut off lights when leaving a room.
      • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
      • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
  • We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service under difficult and volatile conditions.
  • Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting www.sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.
  • As of 8:30 a.m., in the Montecito area the Thomas fire is impacting roughly 3,749 customers - with an additional estimated 414 currently without power in other areas due to the Thomas fire.
  • SCE system-wide there are 4,259 customers without power (that includes those impacted by the fires). All customers impacted by the Creek, Liberty, and Rye fires have power restored. The damaged and replaced poles status is as follows:
    • Thomas fire: 768 damaged; 582 replaced
    • Creek fire in Sylmar: 57 damaged; 57 replaced
    • Rye fire in Santa Clarita: 46 damaged; 46 replaced
    • Liberty fire in Murrieta: 14 damaged; 14 replaced
  • As our crews in the field replace poles, wires and equipment that were destroyed or damaged in the fire, new equipment is installed that meets current engineering, construction and material standards and is the appropriate replacement for the area being served.
  • We do not typically conduct system upgrades during fire restoration activities, to assess and restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible. However, the new equipment and material installed often exceeds the capacity and/or rating of the equipment being replaced.
  • Generators have been deployed in numerous locations as repairs continue.


Santa Barbara Area Status

  • A local transmission emergency was declared by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) due to the loss of critical transmission lines serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara area, and SCE has requested additional generation units to support restoration of power for the impacted area.
  • As of 8:30 a.m., the Thomas fire continues to threaten transmission lines, causing intermittent outages and power surges in the Santa Barbara area, potentially affecting up to 85,000 customers. At this time, no Santa Barbara customers are without power as a result of the Thomas fire.
  • We are coordinating its emergency efforts with state, county and local officials.
  • Medical Baseline, Critical Care and Essential Use customers have been advised.
  • We contacted all 47 of its Critical Care customers and offered generators. Eighteen accepted generators.


Thomas fire restoration effort

  • After fire agencies allowed access, our crews completed damage assessments in 80 percent of the areas to which it has been granted access (many areas of the fire remain inaccessible) that were impacted by the Thomas fire.
  • Following flight restrictions by fire agencies, aerial inspections continue this morning.
  • Contingent on flight restrictions by fire agencies, aerial inspections began this morning in fire-affected areas.
  • The current restoration effort for the Thomas fire is construction work on the local circuits that power the fire-affected areas. This includes engineering and design of all utility structures, and the installation of poles, transformers, switches, etc.
  • Through preliminary damage assessments as well as reassessing resource needs, we have determined native and contractor resources are adequate to manage restoration requirements and, therefore, mutual assistance is not required at this time.
  • Power will be restored to customer incrementally on a circuit by circuit basis.
  • There is no specific order in which customers will have power restored beyond the accessibility to the fire-damaged areas. The only priorities that will be considered where accessibility isn’t an issue are essential services (police and fire facilities, hospitals, water and sewage facilities) and critical care customers.
  • The last circuits to be rebuilt may take up to a week or more.

Customer Information

  • We remind customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting www.sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.
  • Many of the scheduled maintenance outages in areas affected by the fires will be rescheduled.
  • Customers who received a recent notification of a maintenance outage can check on its status by going to sce.com/outage. Then select: “View Your Maintenance Outage Status” Customers can use the Outage Number from their notification to get the latest information.
  • If evacuees need the location of a shelter or other help, go to redcross.org and check the shelter map or download the Red Cross Emergency App. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
  • There are reports of individuals posing as Edison employees going to residences in fire areas attempting to enter homes. SCE employees will never enter a residence nor ask for cash payments for services. If you suspect suspicious activity, immediately call police.


Miscellaneous information

  • Edison International will provide a $250,000 donation to United Way Greater Los Angeles’ Southern California Wildfire Fund. This is in addition to a $40,000 grant to the United Way Ventura County to support its 2-1-1 services and the company’s ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross.
  • After fire agencies allowed access, SCE crews completed damage assessments in 80 percent of the areas to which it has been granted access (many areas of the fire remain inaccessible) that were impacted by the Thomas fire. Assessments are complete for all areas impacted by the Creek, Rye and Liberty fires.
  • After fire agencies granted us access, SCE crews have done damage assessments in 80 percent of the areas initially impacted by the Thomas fire and 100 percent of the areas impacted by the Creek and Rye fires. Restoration is complete for the Liberty fire.
  • Crews have replaced 309 of the 519 poles damaged to date in the Thomas fire, 29 of the 57 poles damaged in the Creek fire, 43 of the 45 poles damaged in the Rye fire and all 14 damaged in the Liberty fire.
  • We used helicopters to start setting 16 poles in the areas affected by the Creek fire. This work is scheduled to continue on Monday morning.
  • Where air operations are not required, our crews continue to clean up fire-damaged equipment (including damaged poles, wires and insulators) and setting poles, installing electrical equipment and stringing wire to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible.
  • There are reports of individuals posing as Edison employees going to residences in fire areas attempting to enter homes. SCE employees will never enter a residence or ask for cash payments for services. If you suspect suspicious activity, immediately call police.
  • Customer Service will be sending messages to critical care and medical baseline customers affected by fire-related outages.
  • We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service under difficult and volatile conditions.
  • Transmission lines will continue to be threatened as the fire continues to burn along the transmission path possibly causing additional interruptions.
  • Due to the fires, the system could face additional strain and customers are being asked to conserve energy.
  • Many of the scheduled maintenance outages in areas affected by the fires will be rescheduled.
  • Customers who received a recent notification of a maintenance outage can check on its status by going to sce.com/outages. Then select: “View Your Maintenance Outage Status” Customers can use the Outage Number from their notification to get the latest information.
  • A local transmission emergency was declared by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) due to the loss of critical transmission lines serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara area, and has requested additional generation units to support restoration of power for the impacted area.
  • Our priority is to restore the transmission system or reroute power from unaffected areas to impacted customers.
  • We have mobilized resources to the impacted areas, and additional staffing and resources are on standby in event of outages caused by the fire.
  • We are working with fire operations personnel who are fighting the fire, as well as working closely with emergency operations organizations in the affected areas.
  • In response to the Creek and Rye fires, the American Red Cross is distributing much-needed items such as rakes, shovels, cleanup kits, gloves and sifters along with snacks and water in the affected areas.
  • Edison International supports the American Red Cross with a $500,000 grant through PrepareSoCal, a public awareness campaign to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to help each other prevent, prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters.
  • During incidents, the Red Cross also provides Edison with critical information, including locations of shelters and disaster recovery efforts, such as distributing and providing needed supplies to help residents clean up and be safe.
  • Edison International is also providing a $40,000 grant to United Way Ventura County for disaster relief.

You can report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting www.sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.

 

SCE Safety Tips in Fire Area & High-Wind Conditions:

  • Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries. Do not use candles for lighting as they pose a fire hazard.
  • If you’re in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, stay in the vehicle and remain calm until help arrives. It is OK to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping from the vehicle and landing with both feet together. You must not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away.
  • Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals, and vehicles should treat all intersection as four-way-stops. Use extreme caution.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid fire hazards in your homes and businesses.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Do not step in or enter any water that a downed power line may be touching.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.
  • Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.

 

 

 

 

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