SoCal Edison May Unplug 88,000 Customers at Thanksgiving for Santa Ana Wind – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) “The strong Santa Ana wind could force Edison, Southern California, to unplug thousands of customers at Thanksgiving.

FILE – Crew fights the flames along Highway 241 on Portola Parkway during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, California, on October 26, 2020. (Jeff Gritchen / Orange County Register / Getty Images)

The National Meteorological Service reports that winds of up to 60 miles per hour are possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Inland Empire on Thursdays and Fridays.

Conditions pose an increased risk of fires and can destroy trees and electrical wiring, the NWS writes. A red flag warning will be in effect Thursday 2pm to Friday 6pm in much of Southland.

In response, the SCE reports that it is forced to make precautionary public safety shutdowns for 88,072 customers, similar to the shutdown of the SCE about a month ago.

This includes more than 39,100 customers in the province of San Bernardino, more than 21,000 in the province of LA and about 14,500 in the province of Ventura.

Some of the feasible cities are Santa Clarita, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Sylmar, San Fernando, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga and Banning.

Downtime may occur sometime between Thursday 3pm and Friday 3pm depending on the region. Click here to find out if your address is in the stop area.

The Angeles National Forest is moving additional firefighting resources due to the fire hazard.

From August to October, there were several heat waves in California that caused power outages for the first time since 2001 and contributed to the spread of historic fires up and down the state, destroying and forcing thousands of homes. tens of thousands of people need to be displaced.

The SCE has informed California state regulators that their equipment could be faulty to ignite the Silverado fire, which erupted east of Irvine late last month, burned 13,400 acres and forced more than 90,000 to evacuate their homes.

Also last month, Ventura County fire investigators reported that both the Easy and Maria fires that erupted in October 2019 were caused by electrical equipment failures. In Easy Fire, the SCE’s equipment was faulty, officials said.

In November 2019, while the fires of Easy and Maria were still burning, the SCE reached a $ 360 million deal and acknowledged that its equipment was also responsible for launching the 2017 Thomas Fire and 2018 Woolsey Fire.