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Possible Public Safety Power Shutoff in South Santa Barbara County beginning 10/18/19

Post Date:10/18/2019 9:29 AM

The City of Goleta has been alerted of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) this weekend (October 18 - 20) for some areas of Santa Barbara County due to expected high winds. Currently unincorporated areas of the County and parts of Carpinteria and Santa Barbara cities are in the potential outage zone, the City of Goleta is not currently included but the zone may likely expand to Goleta as weather forecasts become available. We urge residents to be aware and prepared as weather conditions can change and in the event there are residual impacts. The City is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates that pertain to Goleta as it becomes available.

While the situation is constantly changing, currently the potential public safety power shutoff may impact the areas below. Power has not yet been turned off.

  • Coastal areas west of Goleta from Gaviota to Jalama Beach along the 101.
  • An area from Buena Vista Avenue in Montecito through parts of Summerland and to the intersection of Linden Avenue and State Route 192 in Carpinteria, going as far north as the end of Toro Canyon Road and mostly staying on the mountainous side of the 101.
  • An unincorporated area between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, starting from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa.

Please click here to view the Public Safety Power Shutdown Interactive Map

Southern California Edison (SCE) is monitoring the situation and updating its website with the latest information. Go to

SCE developed a plan to shut off power when high risk weather could start a wildfire. The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could lead to multi-day power outages during periods of extremely hot, dry, and/or windy weather. A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s). Residents need to prepare for a power outage that could last 3-5 days.

Here are some helpful resources:

Stay current by following the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management on Twitter at @SBCountyOEM.
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