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Santa Anas expected: SCE power shutoffs could occur in La Cañada, neighboring areas

La Cañada
In hopes of limiting exposure to fires caused by downed power lines, SCE warns there may be preventive power outages Thursday and Friday. Above, flames rage through the brush in La Cañada, one of several Southern California areas besieged by wildfires during a previous season.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

In anticipation of strong Santa Ana winds expect to sweep through the region Thursday and Friday, Southern California Edison announced it is considering preventive power outages to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by downed power lines.

According to the National Weather Service, critical fire weather conditions are expected in Southern California from early Thursday through Friday afternoon, with gusts of 45 to 70 miles per hour.

A team of researchers at UC Irvine says it has developed a machine learning model based on an algorithm that — if given information on climate data, atmospheric conditions and the types of vegetation present — can help determine the final size of a wildfire.

SCE posted to its website a list of areas in eight Southland counties that might be affected by the “public safety power shutoffs” during the period, including large swaths of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose and Altadena. More than 106,000 customers served by the utility in eight counties could experience the shutoffs.

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To learn more about the SCE public safety shut-offs visit sce.com.

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