Southern California Edison's Public Safety Power Shutoff Plans Not Likely to Affect Pasadena

Published : Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 5:47 AM

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Southern California Edison announced Tuesday night there is the possibility for preemptive electrical shutoffs for parts of Altadena if high winds and elevated fire risk materialize over the coming days.

The electrical shutoffs would not affect customers of Pasadena Water and Power.

Areas that are under consideration for a Public Safety Power Shutoff by SCE are shown in the map below.

SCE serves all of Altadena but only a small portion of Pasadena located in the northeast part of the city along Kinneloa Mesa, from Kinneloa Canyon Road on the west to Pasadena Glen Road on the east.

No portions of Kinneloa have yet been named as potential shutoff areas by SCE.

The National Weather Service forecast lower than normal temperatures Wednesday, followed by a warming trend into Saturday. A Santa Ana wind event will develop Thursday and continue through Saturday with warm, very dry, and windy conditions expected.

SCE said that in response to the Santa Ana conditions, it is considering widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

“During these events, we will proactively turn off power in high fire risk areas to reduce the threat of wildfires,” a company statement said. “Turning off our customers’ power is not something we take lightly, but PSPS events are one of the ways we can better ensure the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees.”

Although many Southern California communities have declared Red Flag Alerts, Pasadena, as yet, has not. Normal parking conditions are in effect.

A spokesperson for Pasadena Water and Power said the Department has identified designated high fire threat circuits put them in manual mode.

“We will issue extra field crews on stand-by if needed,” Margie Otto said.

Otto noted there is no expected impact to schools or courts and emergency services as a result of the area identified by Southern California Edison for potential electrical shutoffs.

“We encourage customers to visit PWPweb.com/EmergencyPrep to learn what they can do to get prepared and to be without power and water,” she said.

Southern California Edison said customers whose contact information is on file with SCE will receive alerts by phone, text or email of any power shutoffs. They should make sure their contact information is correct by going to their account at sce.com under “Profile” or by calling 800-655-4555.

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