The strong Santa Ana wind, combined with dry fuels, caused a public safety outage in Edison, Southern California – an intentional power outage to mitigate the risk of a wildfire.
Low humidity and 40-65 miles per hour gusts are expected in National Weather Center, raises the risk of debris coming into contact with electrical equipment that could emit sparks, igniting the dry brush and exploding in a wildfire.
Nearly 112,000 SCE customers have been warned that power can be cut off at any time on Thursday and Friday.
“We are aware that these PSPS promotions are disruptive to our customers – especially during Thanksgiving – and we will do everything we can to reduce the impact,” SCE said. Twitter.
Used by the SCE before a power failure weather forecasts and field observations determining whether there is a risk of objects being blown into the electrical wiring. The power supply is restored after the weather events, and the crew believes it is safe to do so.
The majority of those receiving a PSPS alert live in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. Almost all of those currently without electricity are in Ventura County.
The equipment of the SCE utility giant undertook to pay $ 360 million to settle the claims that caused the deaths of the three people due to the 2018 Woolsey fire and is considered one of the most devastating fires in California.
Federal officials investigating the origins of the massive Bobcat fire are focusing on utility equipment owned by the SCE, which experienced a problem moments before the fire was first reported. The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest in Los Angeles County and has burned more than 113,000 acres.
SCE serves approximately 5 million customers in an area of 50,000 square miles from Bakersfield to Orange County.