Wednesday, July 6, 2022

SoCal Edison reports ‘circuit activity’ amid devastating Laguna Niguel fire

While the investigation into the Laguna Niguel destructive wildfire is still in its early stages, Southern California Edison released a preliminary report Wednesday of electrical “circuit activity” at the start of the fire.

“Our information reflects circuit activity that occurred around the time of the reported fire,” the utility said in a report to the California Public Utilities Commission obtained by KTLA.

The blaze, known as the Coastal Fire, broke out in Aliso Woods Canyon at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and exploded in steep, dry terrain.

The blaze, which forced evacuations, had burned through nearly 200 acres and destroyed at least 24 homes as of Thursday morning. About 900 homes remained under evacuation orders Thursday.

A firefighter was injured in the blaze and taken to hospital on Wednesday.

SCE spokesperson Reggie Kumar said: “Our thoughts are with members of the community whose homes have been damaged and those who have been evacuated due to the coastal fires, and we are coordinating with fire agencies as needed to ensure the safety of firefighters. “

Edison officials said in the report that they submitted the document “out of an abundance of caution.”

Kumar said the report to state regulators was designed to keep them informed of the incident so they could conduct their own investigations.

“Our top priority is the safety of our customers, employees and communities, which is why we continue to enhance our wildfire mitigation efforts through enhanced grid, situational awareness and enhanced operational practices,” Kumar added.

Electrical equipment has been blamed for some of California’s most destructive wildfires.

Last year, California regulators approved a settlement that imposed more than $5 billion in fines and penalties for Southern California Edison’s role in five wildfires in 2017 and 2018, including Thomas and Woolsey fire.

Coastal fire still under investigation, no further details on unspecified “Circuit activity.”

US News.

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