SoCal Edison implements power shutoffs amidst fire danger
By ABC7 News
Southern California Edison cut power Monday to over 11,000 customers and is considering turning off electricity to more than 193,000 customers across the region as fire danger ramped up amid forecasted strong winds.
In Los Angeles, winds began late Sunday night and are expected to continue through Tuesday evening. The winds should be their strongest Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, with gusts up to 55 mph for the coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Southern California Edison said on its website it cut power to 11,879 customers in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and Kern counties.
The utility is considering shutting off power for 193,137 customers on Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Tulare and Kern counties.
Strong winds, fire danger return Monday
Meanwhile, parts of the Southland are under another red-flag warning for extreme wildfire danger this week. The warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Monday through 10 p.m. Tuesday for much of Los Angeles County and Ventura County, according to the National Weather Service.
A red-flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are likely to occur due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures. The public is urged to use extreme caution with potential fire ignition sources. Officials advise that it’s also a good time to assemble an emergency supply kit and know your evacuation route.