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Southern Santa Barbara Co. could face power shutoffs due to increased wildfire risk

Posted at 6:20 PM, Dec 07, 2020

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified customers that it's considering a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in parts of Southern Santa Barbara County due to an increased risk for wildfires, according to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

A potential outage could affect several areas south of Gaviota to Carpinteria, and it may begin as soon as Monday evening.

County emergency officials say people in the area should prepare for a power outage that could last multiple days. They are encouraging people to check in on friends and neighbors to make sure they are also prepared.

SCE will staff a Community Crew Vehicle at the Louis Lowry Davis Center, located at 1232 De La Vina St. in Santa Barbara from 8 a.m-10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

SCE can also be reached directly at 800-655-4555 or by visiting

Visit for tips on preparing for a PSPS.