Several areas of Southern California either had their power shut off or were under consideration for a shutoff on Thursday, Dec. 3, due to high winds and wildfire danger.
Around 53,000 customers had their power shut off by 3 p.m. Thursday in Southern California Edison’s coverage area, and approximately 189,000 more would potentially see shutoffs. They were happening as Santa Ana winds brought heavy gusts to the region, in addition to multiple wildfires growing in Orange and Riverside counties.
The shutoffs are meant to reduce the risk of wildfires and to protect communities from fire danger, SCE said. To find which areas are currently impacted, go to sce.com/wildfire/psps.
The majority of those affected on Thursday were in Riverside County, with approximately 24,400 customers who had no power, according to SCE. Some of the areas impacted were near Beaumont and Hemet, but around 31,000 more faced potential shutoffs.
Several thousand customers had their power turned off in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties as well, with many more possible.
The shutoffs were happening as the Bond fire was spreading in Orange County, after starting in Silverado Canyon Wednesday and exploding to 7,200 acres with 0% containment by midday Thursday. The Airport fire in Corona, which was at about three acres Tuesday evening, grew to 500 acres with no containment by Thursday morning.
Other fires in the Inland Empire that likely prompted shutoffs included the Cerritos fire in the unincorporated Nuevo area of Riverside County.
Source: Orange County Register