Citing wildfire risk, Southern California Edison is asking residents in the Silverado and Trabuco Canyon areas north of Irvine to prepare for potential Public Safety Power Shutoff events over the Thanksgiving holiday.
We’re monitoring weather conditions that may create the potential for elevated fire risk. Some cities in our service area are under consideration for Public Safety Power Shutoffs. For the latest updates, visit: https://t.co/uiE2jWYHOH pic.twitter.com/FT8zkuwOb8
— SCE (@SCE) November 23, 2021
On Tuesday, the National Weather Service in San Diego issued a Red Flag Warning for several mountainous areas including San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys and the Santa Ana Mountains. The latest Red Flag Warning will go into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to be active until Friday.
In a Tweet Tuesday, Nov. 23, the National Weather Service reported that Santa Ana winds will bring wind gusts of greater than 50 mph into the Santa Ana Mountains.
Santa Ana winds will bring gusts up to around 60 MPH Wednesday and Thursday, with decreasing winds Friday. Strongest winds will be below Cajon Pass and in the Santa Ana Mountains. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/EntUw1s3vt
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) November 23, 2021
Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Southern California Edison has updated a color-coded map found on the Public Safety Power Shutoff portion of the SCE website, indicating potential power outages between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 26.
In Orange County, the map shows large areas between the foothill regions north of the city of Orange as far southeast as Rancho Santa Margarita will be under consideration for Public Safety Shutoff.
“Increased fire risk conditions are expected in this area from 11/24/2021 12:00 PM to 11/26/2021 12:00 PM. Be prepared for a PSPS during this time, although we may avoid shut-offs.”
In addition to possible Public Safety Shutoff events, several regions of South Orange County are under High Fire Risk, including Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, Santiago Creek and North Tustin.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, the city of Irvine was not listed in high fire risk, nor did SoCal Edison list any Irvine-based ZIP codes on its Public Safety Shutoff consideration map.
If a power outage goes into effect, the Edison website indicates that the power could return once weather conditions become more favorable.
For up-to-date information regarding wildfire risk and Public Safety Power Shutoffs from SoCal Edison, residents can sign up for alerts here.