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SoCal Edison considers power shutoffs in Santa Barbara County due to elevated fire risk

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-14 02:50:21-04

Thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County could have their power shut off this week due to elevated fire risk.

Southern California Edison is considering a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Lompoc, Gaviota, Goleta, Santa Barbara and Montecito.

According to the utility company PSPS outage map, about 5,100 customers are under a PSPS consideration.

A PSPS is issued when elevated weather conditions have the likelihood of sparking vegetation or other items to be blown into power lines possibly creating a wildfire.

Currently, there are no outages, but that could change heading into the week.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for the Santa Barbara County south coast and mountains from Monday to Wednesday. Extremely hot temperatures, combined with strong winds and dry air create elevated fire risk.

SCE is establishing a Community Resource Center at the Independent Living Resource Center (423 W. Victoria, Santa Barbara) and the Residence Inn (6350 Hollister Ave, Goleta) for those impacted in the event of a power shutoff.

Support is available from noon to 10 PM on June 14th and from 8AM to 10PM on June 15th.

CLICK Here to see if your neighborhood is under a PSPS consideration.