Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Fire Caused By Downed Power Lines

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators have determined that the cause of the vegetation fire that occurred at 2700 block of Cebada Canyon east of Lompoc on August 21 was a result of downed electrical power lines.

If you see a downed power line or wire, call 911 right away.  If a power line has fallen to the ground, stay clear of the area and keep others away.  If a person or piece of equipment comes in contact with an energized power line, do not touch the person or any equipment involved. Always assume that all power lines and wires are energized.  Call 911. Inform the operator that it’s an electrical emergency.  Freeing a person or animal from energized power lines or equipment should only be attempted by a qualified electrical worker.

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