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Fires can be ignited by high winds impacting utility structures, and public utility companies sometimes must deenergize sections of the electrical grids in a public safety power shut-off to prevent wildfires. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The reality of the new policy of deenergizing certain electric grids to prevent wildfires has hit home in the Anza Valley. Called a public safety power shut-off, the strategy is meant to help avoid utility structure-caused fires that erupt in fire prone areas. Recently text, email and social media messages sent by the Anza Electric Cooperative warned that such action may be imminent. Fortunately, during that last Santa Ana windstorm, the power cutoffs did not occur. But it is important to understand what a power safety power shut-off is and what leads to the utility providers calling for it. According to Southern California Edison, a public safety power shut-off may occur when there is a high risk for a wildfire. The provider may temporarily shut off power to certain neighborhoods to
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