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Prepare for the Upcoming 2020 Wildfire Season

Post Date:05/14/2020 9:33 AM

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Southern California Edison released the below important information regarding high fire season preparation.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department High Fire Season Preparedness and Response Levels

On May 18, 2020, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2020 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.

Because of this declaration, all burn permits issued for residential burning and hazard reduction will be suspended. In addition, the SBCFD will be increasing the number of resources (e.g., engines, dozers, crews, helicopters, etc.) responding to reported vegetation fires during the High Fire Season.

The SBCFD would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who lives, works, and plays in Santa Barbara County to be extra vigilant about fire safety this fire season. Remember to maintain vegetation clearance around structures, review and be familiar with your “Ready! Set! Go!” wildfire action plan, and be extra cautious and aware when traveling or staying in the wildland areas of the county.

For more information about Ready! Set! Go! Please visit www.sbcfire.com.

Wildfire Preparedness_Mike Eliason

Photo courtesy of photographer Mike Eliason with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

In light of the beginning of the Wildfire Season and in preparation for potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs, SCE released the following information.

SCE: Prepare for Wildfire Season and Public Safety Power Shutoffs

We understand what a stressful time this is, and how important it is for all our customers and their families to have access to electricity at home. The women and men of SCE are as focused as ever on safely providing reliable service to our customers, and we’re continuing to work 24/7 to serve our communities. For more information, visit our Response to COVID-19 page.

Protecting Public Safety

Our number one concern remains public safety. As California prepares for the 2020 wildfire season, our crews continue to perform ground and aerial inspections and install hi-tech tools to help make communities more resilient and to protect our communities from the threat of wildfires. Learn more about our wildfire mitigation activities.

We hope that the 2020 wildfire season is a mild one and that it does not overlap with California’s Stay-at-Home order. As in past years, when there is a high risk for a wildfire, we may declare a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of an ignition. While we are taking every effort to reduce the number and length of PSPS, we will continue to use these outages as required to protect public safety.

Be Prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoffs

We want to make sure our customers are informed and learn how to be prepared for PSPS outages. You can join us at one of our virtual community meetings to hear more about PSPS, our wildfire safety efforts, customer care programs and resources, or attend a PowerTalk meeting to learn more about the different types of outages, including PSPS. To see upcoming meetings and to register, visit sce.com/wildfiresafetymeetings.

You can also sign up for PSPS Alerts at sce.com/pspsalerts. If you depend on electrically-powered medical equipment, you may be eligible for SCE’s Medical Baseline program. Learn about the program and how to apply at sce.com/medicalbaseline.

SCE is committed to continuing with the work necessary to protect public safety including reducing wildfire risk as well as helping our communities be prepared for PSPS.

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