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The fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest, dubbed the Etiwanda fire, has now burned more than 1,000 acres with 10 percent containment so far. Southern California Edison (SCE) customers have not been impacted by any power outages due to the fire.
The Southland is also dealing with high winds, with speeds reaching 40 mph in some areas. The National Weather Service’s Santa Ana winds warning continues through this afternoon. SCE crews are working around-the-clock to restore power to customers. As of 11 a.m. today, there are still 3,000 SCE customers without electricity.
“Our restoration and repair crews are responding to outages,” said Steve Conroy, SCE director of Corporate Communications. “Our priority is to restore power to the most heavily impacted customers that have been without power the longest.”
The current high winds are unpredictable and SCE continues to warn customers to never approach or touch a downed power line and call 911 immediately. Traffic signals may also not be working, so approach intersections as four-way stops.
Although the Etiwanda fire has not affected SCE customers, high winds will continue to impact customers throughout the day. The 3,000 customers impacted by outages are in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. Riverside County was the hardest hit with 1,650 customers without power due to the winds. In general, the utility’s system continues to perform well.
Additional SCE crews have been added to respond and safely restore power to customers during these recent high winds.