Hazardous Fire Conditions And Potential PSPS Power Outages

November 8, 2023 ·

MALIBU—The city of Malibu reported on its website that Southern California Edison informed the city of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff on Serra, Cuthbert and Nicholas circuits in Malibu 9 a.m., Wednesday, November 8 through 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 due to hazardous fire conditions, in order to prevents its equipment from starting a fire.

The Cuthbert Circuit area is approximately Latigo Canyon Road to Bonsall Drive and from PCH approximately one mile inland. The Nicholas Circuit area is from Malibu Lagoon eastward to Getty Villa and about 4 miles inland. Serra circuit runs through Malibu Canyon and approximately from Seaver Drive inland to Mulholland Highway. Look up circuit maps and other PSPS information on the city of Malibu website. Individuals can view current power outages and other PSPS information on the SCE website.

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, including Malibu, due to gusty Santa Ana winds and very low humidity from 12 p.m. Wednesday, November 8 through 6 p.m., Thursday, November 9.

There is a 50 percent chance of winds reaching Red Flag duration Wed. afternoon through Thursday afternoon. North/northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph, and humidity ranging from 8 – 20 percent. If fire ignition occurs there could be rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat to life and property. See NWS LA/Oxnard weather information.

Be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, and power outages and hazardous road conditions due to branches in the road and traffic signal outages. Under California law, always approach an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign.

Malibu is coordinating on preparedness with the LA County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, Caltrans and LA County Public Works.

The Public Safety Team is coordinating with the Sheriff’s Host Team and Malibu Homeless Outreach Team to engage with people experiencing homelessness in Malibu about fire prevention and being prepared for potential evacuations. The Public Works Team will be patrolling the roads monitoring for road hazards, debris, and downed power lines.

The city and Malibu CERT Team are coordinating to be prepared to use radio repeaters and handheld radios and set up an Emergency Information Station at Zuma Beach in case of widespread power outage to be able to provide emergency information and supplies to the community if necessary. The city and KBUU 99.1 FM are coordinating to post emergency information in the local radio broadcast.

By Trevor

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