Customers of Southern California Edison (SCE) are being urged to conserve power around-the-clock in light of the Gap Fire. Customers first lost power on Wednesday night and have continued to experience intermittent blackouts.
SCE issued a statement on July 7 warning its customers that the wildfire could cause further power outages and everyone must be prepared. The power company reminded residents of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, and Gaviota that conserving energy as much as possible could provide more customers in the area with power. SCE is currently in Goleta making repairs and standing by in the event of future outages. It also offered customers an extensive list of conservation tips, including using traditional TV sets instead of plasma screens, replacing regular bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, and limiting the use of central air conditioning.