SCE Crews Continue to Assess Impacts From Ongoing Wildfires

Crews are on scene to repair any damaged poles. Currently, 62 customers are without power in Montebello and the areas affected by the fires.

August 17, 2015 | By Newsroom Staff

B-Roll: Lincoln Fire Pole Replacement

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews were at work Monday assessing the damage from three separate wild fires in the region and beginning repairs.

As of 10 a.m., about 1,200 customers were without power in SCE's service territory, including 62 in Montebello, site of the Lincoln Fire.

Crews were being granted access to some of the fire-burned areas for damage assessment. Repairs will begin once damage assessment is completed.

The Lincoln Fire near North San Gabriel Boulevard and North Lincoln Avenue in Montebello consumed 350 acres and was 20 percent contained. There was no estimate of when it will be fully contained, although fire officials said it is not growing.

Crews were on the scene in Montebello replacing 10 poles and repairing another seven. Residents are asked not to approach them so they can complete their work and get power restored as quickly and as safely as possible.

“When traveling in a fire area, be cautious of damaged power lines and stay clear of all downed power lines,” said Troy Whitman, SCE Fire Management officer. “Treat them as if they were live at all times.”

At the Cabin Fire at Highway 39 northeast of the San Gabriel Reservoir, about 1,470 acres had burned.  The blaze was 60 percent contained. There was no estimate for full containment.

In Mono County, the Walker Fire near Walker Lake and Lee Vining consumed 2,200 acres and was 10 percent contained with no estimate for full containment.

Customers in areas of the region with power are asked to reduce their electricity use between noon and 6 p.m. — the hours of peak energy use — to lessen strains on electricity supplies.

Customers may inquire about outages at 1-800-611-1911 and get the latest information from the outage page at or by downloading the SCE outages app on their smartphones. Updates also are shared via Twitter.

Outage safety reminders

  • If you see a downed power line, never approach or touch it and call 911 immediately.
  • Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.
  • Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlights. Check the batteries to make sure they are fresh. Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage; do not use candles because they may pose a significant fire hazard.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into the generator, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.
  • Check on your neighbors to make sure everyone is safe.

Residential customers are urged to consider the following:

  • Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioning, when practical.
  • Turn off lights in any room or building when possible.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers when an air conditioner is running.
  • Do not operate appliances or pool equipment until after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m.

Topics: Infrastructure, Safety