Power has been restored to thousands of Southern California Edison customers in Oxnard after “equipment problems” led to an outage early Thursday.
Electricity was back for all 3,274 customers affected in the 93030 area code by around 6:17 a.m., a SoCal Edison spokesperson told KTLA.
Video taken in the area of the 1900 block of Pericles Drive showed fire crews extinguishing what appeared to be a blown transformer at about 2:45 a.m. SoCal Edison said it sent a field investigator and a repair crew to respond to the incident.
“We are aware of the outage that occurred at our substation in the early morning hours affecting customers in Oxnard,” the utility announced in a 6:15 a.m. tweet. “Our crews are onsite making repairs to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”
The incident happened as the company came under scrutiny from officials investigating the cause of the Saddleridge Fire. Investigators suspect that blaze ignited below a SoCal Edison transmission line in Sylmar the evening of Oct. 10. The fire spread to burn about 13 square miles, forcing thousands to evacuate. A Porter Ranch man who used a garden house to protect his home from the flames died of cardiac arrest, according to authorities.
On Thursday, the utility considered preemptive outages in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Mono, Kern and Inyo counties to prevent wildfires. Moderate to strong northerly winds were expected to blow through the region through early next week.