El Tejon Middle School Closed Friday; FMHS, FP School Open As All Prepare for Power Outages

UPDATE: LEBEC, FRAZIER PARK, CA (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at 5:20 a.m.)—ETUSD Superintendent Sara Haflich just announced that El Tejon Middle School will be closed today because PG&E still has power off there. Frazier Mountain High School and Frazier Park School —served by Southern California Edison—still have power and will be in session today.

UPDATE: LEBEC, FRAZIER PARK, CA (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at 5:05 a.m.)—No school closure for ETUSD schools has been posted yet this morning.

UPDATE: LEBEC, FRAZIER PARK, CA (THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.)—El Tejon Unified School District is preparing in case the power is cut to ETUSD schools. Here is a letter from Superintendent Sara Haflich to be sent home to parents:

Attention All ETUSD Parents and Guardians,

During this time of uncertainty with power outages, ETUSD would like to be prepared ahead of time in order for our families to plan accordingly.  At this point, these are the guidelines we will be following:  If the power goes out between 7:45 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. at a specific school, that specific school will be on a minimum day schedule.  If the power goes out after 11:30 A.M. the school will be released at their regular time.  We will put out a Robocall immediately if that is a possibility, but remember, with the power being out, a Robocall may not be an option.  ETUSD will also post it on their website, alert The Mountain Enterprise, as well as the Frazier Mountain Facebook Bulletin Board, as long as these are all available for use.  With the power being out, ETUSD is still able to provide lunch, water, and restrooms to all students.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 661-248-624.
Sara Haflich, ETUSD Superintendent

 UPDATE: FRAZIER PARK, CA (Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at 5:53 p.m.)—A hot, dry weather system stretching the length of California prompted utility company Pacific Gas & Electric to begin cutting electric power in Northern California early Wednesday morning. Southern California Edison alerted its customers of the potential for similar action from Wednesday afternoon through Friday, Oct. 11.

The companies, reeling from blame for deadly wildfires over the past two years, are responding to public pressure for greater safety procedures.

Southern California Edison spokesperson Mary Ann Milbourn told The Mountain Enterprise on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that Edison was in the process of contacting special care customers with medical needs in the Frazier Mountain area to ask them to make arrangements to plan ahead.

“If we are unable to reach them,” she said, “we’ll send someone to their home to attempt contact.”

Helicopter operations in Frazier Park on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and in Pine Mountain Club on Wednesday, Oct. 9, were confirmed by Milbourn to have been conducted by Edison contractors. “They were setting poles in Frazier Park, and in Pine Mountain Club they were conducting overhead visual inspections,” she said.

Frazier Park Public Utility District Manager Jonnie Allison said his water agency is preparing to haul a generator around to fill tanks, one at a time.

“We have enough water for about one day,” Allison said, “then we have to use the generator to pump more.” FPPUD is asking its customers to conserve water at this time.

UPDATE: PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB, CA (Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at 12:06 p.m.)—Southern California Edison has confirmed with The Mountain Enterprise that the helicopter flying in the Pine Mountain Club area today is operated by Edison’s contractor and is conducting overhead visual inspections of power equipment.

UPDATE: LOCKWOOD VALLEY, CA (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at 6 p.m.)—Potential extreme fire weather conditions are predicted within the next 48 hours. Southern California Edison (SCE) is warning that power may be shut down suddenly to avoid possible fire hazard risk due to sparking from live transmission lines that may become damaged in  high winds. Those who are dependent on electricity for health reasons, such as oxygen breathing devices or other medical devices, are advised to make preparations and to evacuate from the area if necessary. SCE will continue to closely monitor the situation the updated alert said.

PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB, CA (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at 3:59 p.m.)— Southern California Edison issued an alert of potential Safety Power Shutoff of electrical lines occurring on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in the Pine Mountain Club area, due to a forecast of fire weather conditions. SCE warns the shutoff may occur earlier or later depending on actual weather conditions. Consumers are encouraged to be prepared and plan ahead. More information is available at: sce.com/psps

This is part of the October 4, 2019 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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