Update: SCE crews in Mammoth this morning

From Mammoth Lakes Police Department
Monday night
Police Power remains down in Mono County. Here is the latest information as of 8:00pm Monday: Southern California Edison Crews will be here early Tuesday morning to start site inspections as the “weather” event subsides. SCE wants to ensure that power lines are not caught on tree limbs or otherwise compromised. Power will be restored to critical areas first such as the hospital, public agencies and schools. There is a possibility that some areas may be out until Wednesday. Please do not hesitate to call 911 or Mono County Dispatch at 760-932-7549, Option 7 if you need assistance.
From Mono County Sheriff’s Department
The power is out throughout most of Mono County. Due to high fire danger, a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) has been initiated by Southern California Edison (SCE). The duration of the outage is not known at this time.
9-1-1 is still operational, as are most cell phones. Additional resources can be found at monocounty.ca.gov. We will provide updates as they become available.
From Mammoth Hospital
We’ve just received word that the current power outage in the Mammoth area should be expected until tomorrow morning.
We want to inform our residents and guests that we are currently capable of seeing all emergency patients, but will be closed for clinics at this time. We will continue to post updates as we receive more information.
From SCE
Here is the SCE statement on today’s power shutoffs:

The safety of our communities is paramount and because there is an elevated risk of fire, SCE initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), de-energizing power at 1 p.m. in parts of our service territory:

o          Inyo County (715)

Unincorporated areas including the communities of Aspendell, Round Valley, near Silver Canyon and west Bishop

o          Mono County (13,809)

o          Mammoth Lakes and unincorporated areas including the communities of Benton, Benton Hotsprings, Lake Mary, Owens Valley, Toms Place, Swall Meadow, Willow Springs and from Rush Creek to Agnew Lake, near Lee Vining, and near Tuolumne Meadows

We shut off power to a total of 14,524 customers as a precautionary measure to mitigate the fire risk. We understand these PSPS actions are disruptive to our customers and communities and we do not take these decisions lightly. We will restore power to these customers as soon as conditions permit and crews have inspected the lines to confirm that it is safe to re-energize.

For additional PSPS background information, please refer to the documents in the links below:

Power Outage Safety Tips

  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or anything in contact with it. Call 911 immediately.
  • Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals so motorists should use extreme caution and treat all intersections as four-way-stops.
  • Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid fire hazards in your home or business.
  • If you’re in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, stay in the vehicle and remain calm until help arrives. It is OK to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping from the vehicle and landing with both feet together. You must not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “back-feed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.

From Mammoth Lakes Tourism

As I’m sure you have noticed, there is currently a power shut off around Mammoth Lakes. According to Southern California Edison, this is part of their Public Safety Power Shutoff. There are 28 circuits in Mono County and they are all subject to this PSPS.  A couple of things to note about the re-energizing process:
  1. They won’t re-energize until the sun comes up and an SCE rep has their eyes on all the lines to make sure there are no tree branches fallen over, etc. SCE would hate to have an instance where they re-energize and then end up starting a fire anyway.
  2. Once weather conditions improve is when they will start the steps for re-energizing. Our red flag warning goes into this evening, so there is a strong chance this will be going to last through the night so please be prepared for all possibilities.
  3. SCE offices are currently ordering extra crews for the area so that once the re-energizing process is ok-ed, they can move quickly to get things restored.

More information on the Mono County Sheriff Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MonoSheriff/posts/

We hope this email finds you well. Please stay safe and warm this evening! If you have any questions, please contact Southern California Edison  1-800-655-4555.


From Caltrans

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is notifying residents of a Public Safety Power Outage in Mono and Inyo County. Southern California Edison has de-energized approximately 32 circuits in the two counties, affecting 14,524 customers. The power outage is due to a weather event and could be expanded to Kern County if it persists.

Due to the power outage, traffic signals may not be working as programmed and have gone dark. Caltrans would like to remind motorists if they encounter a traffic signal without power, to treat the intersection as an all-way stop.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to notify the traveling public of a rest area closure in Mono County. Due to a Public Safety Power Shutdown, Caltrans has closed the Crestview Rest Area, located seven miles north of the U.S. Highway 395/State Route 203 interchange.

While it is closed, motorists will still be able to access the parking lot at the rest area. However, facilities at the rest area have been closed and locked. The Crestview Rest Area will reopen only after Southern California Edison has ended the Public Safety Power Shutdown.


High-profile vehicle prohibition

Inyo and Mono Counties- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced a high-profile prohibition on U.S. Hwy 395 between Bishop and the California/Nevada state line due to high winds. U.S. Hwy 6 is the recommended detour route.  Travel is prohibited for campers, trailers or permit loads.


Caltrans and other agencies are busy keeping the traveling public safe on our roads. Debris and sand, blown by winds can pose a significant threat on the roadway. The traveling public is advised to drastically slow down and proceed with caution.



For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).





Mammoth Lakes, California – September 16, 2019 –SCE initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff for Mammoth Lakes and throughout Mono County due to adverse weather conditions that may create the potential for elevated fire risk.

The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) will provide water and sewer service throughout the SCE power outage. MCWD is presently utilizing our emergency generation equipment throughout the service boundary, including sewer service in the Lakes Basin.

As a reminder, hot water is dependent on the customer’s water heater. If you have any water or sewer interruptions, please contact MCWD at 760-934-2596.



20 Responses to Update: SCE crews in Mammoth this morning

  1. Mike September 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

    I like this. People dont die from fires. Kids are not gaming but going out doors, or on their phones, but talking face to face. Like we did when we were kids. Wow reality what a concept.

  2. David Dennison September 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

    Tinner….are you a trump worshiper ?

    • Tinner September 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

      Worshiper? No, but it’s questions like that are the reason Trump won and will probably win again.
      Every time a you use words like that you discredit everything the democrats are running on, but go ahead, you’re just beating yourself and insuring a second term for Trump.
      Are you an ISIS sympathizer or an Obama lifer?
      See how ridiculous that sounds?

  3. David Dennison September 20, 2019 at 8:33 am #

    Tinner……not MY president..who sits in the oval office has no bearing what-so-ever on my life and lifestyle,other than being mid to lower middle class,having to pay more federal taxes while the rich get richer…I’ve actually enjoyed a lot of what’s going on with trump….the laughs we’re getting from it…the downright stupid things he says and does .hearing lie after lie,the clowns he’s appointed and fired during his administration…that orange tanning booth tint,that goofy reality-show family he’s got…those cult-rallies he holds are always entertaining..the things that make me cringe are how he’s made America the laughing-stock of the world…how dictators are taking advantage of him and America while him and his worshipers try to spin how they “respect and fear him “… it’s kinda sad seeing how him being at the helm has weakened so many Americans…about 35 % of them,seemingly needing him and his words and actions to be able to survive and put one foot in front of the other…talking of “all the jobs he’s produced”,while we all over the age of 50 know if you want a job and want to work,you can find and do it no matter who is sitting in the white house…for me,it has always been kinda nice to see a President people and young kids can respect and look up to,that isn’t a pathological liar,but other than that,and how he steps all over the environment and Endangered Species acts,I’ll actually miss the laughs he produces on a daily basis when he’s gone..the one good thing I think everyone will get out of this is America can do fine and survive without a real president.

    • Tinner September 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm #


  4. David Dennison September 19, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    ……and with my above post,if it ever did happen again,and the president happened to get involved with any of it,they’d all have a few rolls of paper towels thrown their way too…..

    • Tinner September 19, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

      There it is, that was your longest rant without referring to your President.

  5. David Dennison September 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    ….My friends in Mammoth and Mono County….welcome to the “new America”….where the “authorities” seem to be in total charge (or think they are,but in this case,looks like they actually are,with little anyone can do about it)…warnings on speculation and fear….evacuations when they’re sometimes not needed…rules and regulations on something that “might happen”…the day and age of packed news conferences,police,firemen,city officials,state officials,federal officials telling people how to survive,where to go,when to do it….when to leave and when you’ll be allowed to come back…do this,don’t do that…like no one can make their own decisions on their own anymore,needing the “authorities” to do it for them…thinking back to the I think early 80’s when Mammoth Lakes had that sudden-rash of earthquakes around Thanksgiving,being speculated maybe the Long Valley Caldera was acting up.Today if that were to happen,I bet Mammoth Lakes would be a ghost town with orders to ship out and not come back when until “we” say it’s safe to do so…The Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop would be a packed makeshift shelter ,lined with army cots,filled with Mono County people for God knows how long.

    • Tinner September 19, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

      David Dennison, your theories are harming your mind, body and soul.

      • David Dennison September 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

        Tinner….here’s ANOTHER theory…..if you want to camp and sleep on the ground…..do what I do,once I got past 60….pitch a tent….throw about 2 or 3 sleeping bags folded in half inside the tent,using them as kind of a mattress…throw one real warm good one on the top,along with one of those big,thick colorful blankets they sell on the street corner covering everything up warmly…3 pillows,and your ready to enjoy a comfortable evening…nothing beats a night outside along a creek inside a tent…

  6. Chris Davis September 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    The wind blows at least as bad as yesterday in the Mammoth Lakes area often. Was this a one off, or should we expect this to become normative?

    • erik simpson September 18, 2019 at 6:51 am #

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. It blew pretty hard, but we usually see several “wind events” every year that are much stronger. It’s going to be a real nuisance if a power outage accompanies them all. I think SCE should give some thought about “hardening” critical danger points instead of falling back on essentially “developing world”solutions.

  7. David Dennison September 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    Tinner….and when a well fed lawyer does get involved,and SCE gets sued and loses,to the tune of millions of dollars…..guess who ends up paying the bill ?…..you,me and other customers with an increase in rates…

  8. Tinner September 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    I thought the power outage was great.
    I can’t sleep on the ground anymore so I haven’t been camping for a while, I dusted off the camp stove, made a burrito, drank a few beers and a couple shots of tequila, went to sleep on a BED (by myself I’m sorry to say) and woke up to the power coming back on at 4 am, I didn’t feel a thing, it was like camping, it was great!
    In all seriousness, it comes down to liability, like it or not.
    Thank (or blame) a well fed lawyer.

  9. Eric Larsen September 17, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    The most disturbing part for me is why my cell service provider was also MIA. ATT went down but Verizon did not. That meant ATT customers were without power or a means of communication. Not a good provider to be with up here. I am switching ASAP!

  10. Trout Junkie September 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    What a Scam….

  11. Tourbillon September 16, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

    Fear now animates the Home of the Brave. Afraid of global warming even though average temperature in North America hasn’t changed since 2005? Set your hair on fire and castigate anyone who does not share your panic. Afraid that you’ve been a negligent, incompetent utility? Send your customers back to the 13th century.

    • Charles O. Jones September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Panic? I didn’t see or hear any panic. A tad inconvenient maybe.

      However it was less than a year ago a fire caused by downed power lines was responsible for 86 deaths – the deadliest wild fire in California history. Not to mention the numerous other fires and deaths attributed to downed power lines. How many deaths would it take for you to approve of utility providers exercising little a extra caution during extreme weather conditions?

      Maybe it’s time to pony up and start putting the grid underground wherever possible???

      • Tourbillon September 18, 2019 at 8:49 am #

        Had you educated yourself a little, you would have learned that the Paradise (Camp) fire to which you allude was the result of incompetence on the part of the utility, which has admitted its liability and which knew about the equipment problems well before the fire and did nothing. Perhaps it would not be unfair to ask you how many deaths will it take for you to demand competence on the part of our utilities?

        The answer is not punishing paying customers by treating them to the experience of living without electricity (which itself comes with significant risk). That is a Third World solution that heretofore would have been scorned in this country. The answer is demanding competence and responsibility in the board rooms and executive suites of California utilities to ensure that their equipment does not blow over in foreseeable winds. Clear now?

        • Charles O. Jones September 18, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

          As an Arm Chair Expert, I’m sure you’re aware that one major factors in PG&E’s “incompetence” was their failure to follow through with their own plan to shut the grid down ahead of the widely forecasted wind event. Had they done that the Camp Fire would never have started to begin with. Of course that doesn’t excuse the maintenance deficiencies that occurred prior the fire. What makes you so sure that similar maintenance deficiencies don’t exist within our grid here on the Eastside?

          I’m all for upgrading our grid to meet the challenges we’ll continue to face in the future. That will take money, time and commitment.


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