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South Coast prepares for possible Public Safety Power Shutoff

SCE Possible PSPS Map
Areas that could see their power shut off due to red flag conditions.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A heatwave is hitting California’s South Coast. The First Alert Weather team is expecting temperatures to hit as high as 109 in part of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Gusty winds and low humidity are also expected from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.

The hot, dry and gusty conditions are creating red flag fire danger warnings for the South Coast. As a precaution, Southern California Edison (SCE) is preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). PSPS is when they shut off power to an area in case power lines get blown over by the wind it lessens the chance of starting a wildfire. 

Santa Barbara County’s foothills are the main areas the PSPS are affecting. There are areas in western Santa Barbara, Noleta, Goleta and out to Gaviota. For a more detailed map go to the SCE website.

SCE will have community resource centers to help those in the PSPS areas. There’s one in the Independent Living Resource Center parking lot in Downtown Santa Barbara, 423 W Victoria Street. And another one in Goleta at the Residence Inn, 6350 Hollister Avenue.

To get updates about the red flag warning and other emergencies in Santa Barbara County, signup for Ready SBC here.

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