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Posted on: November 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE - PSPS Power Outages and Red Flag Warning for Malibu

Red Flag Trancas Charmlee Parks Closed

UPDATE: Red Flag Warning for Malibu - wednesday, november 24 - friday, november 26, 6PM. 

PSPS power outage in Malibu on Cuthbert Circuit. 


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, including Malibu Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26, 6:00 PM due to due to high winds and low humidities. Areas in and around Malibu currently meet Red Flag criteria or are very close. The peaks winds for this event will be Wednesday through Thursday afternoon with gusts of 40 to 60 MPH. Winds will decrease Thursday afternoon through Saturday. Humidities will lower Wednesday, then further lower Thursday and Friday into the 2 - 10% range, overnight recoveries will remain poor. 

UPDATE 11/24/2021 - SCE PSPS POWER OUTAGE ON CUTHBERT CIRCUIT IN MALIBU - Southern California Edison (SCE) has proactively shut off power to the Cuthbert Circuit in the Point Dume area of Malibu (approximately Latigo Cyn Rd to Bonsall Dr, and from PCH approximately one mile inland) due to dangerous fire conditions. To see PSPS information, including maps of the circuits in Malibu, visit

For more information about a PSPS, including circuit maps, visit

Residents should drive cautiously and be prepared for traffic signal outages. Approach any intersection with a broken traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign, per California law. 

See fire conditions and forecasts for the Malibu area on the NWS website at

The LA County Fire Department will have augmented staffing in place ready for tactical deployment. 

Due to the Red Flag Warning, the City’s Trancas Canyon Park and Charmlee Wilderness Park are closed. 


City staff are making preparations for the Red Flag event and potential/anticipated/ongoing Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) activations over the following three days:

  • City Public works has been coordinating Caltrans to ensure we have back-up power for traffic signals. They have checked the battery backup systems on all the traffic signals from Trancas to Paradise Cove.  All are working.  
  •  City Public Works’ street maintenance crews are on standby, ready to be dispatched, and have placed the changeable message signs in western Malibu, displaying information regarding the PSPS and that traffic signals may be out.
  •  SCE may deploy a mobile Community Crew Vehicle set up at Bluffs Park depending on duration of the shut-off. 
  •  City EOC staff have been placed on alert. 
  •  The Fire and Sheriff’s Department have increased staffing and Sheriff’s Department has increased patrols. 


See local weather and fire conditions on the NWS website:


Malibu residents, businesses, employees and others in the community should be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, power and traffic signal outages, downed tree limbs and powerlines, hazardous driving conditions and debris in the road way. Drive with caution, especially on canyon roads. Under California law, always approach an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign. See LA County's emergency preparedness guide



Review your emergency plans, including evacuation routes and reunification locations, and check your emergency supplies for expired batteries, food and medication, including for pets. Keep your vehicle gas tank full. Be sure you know how to manually open your garage door if the power is out. Please check in on neighbors, family and friends who are elderly or disabled to make sure they are prepared and informed. See more power outage preparedness info. Review the City’s Evacuation Plan, evacuation zones and maps and evacuation terminology (Order, Warning etc.) on the webpage.



Residents should monitor emergency and weather updates on local AM and FM radio (which will work with handcrank, solar, battery-powered and car radios if the power is out). The City will send out emergency alerts as needed and post all emergency information on the website. All current City alerts are posted on the Alerts webpage. To sign up for alerts from the City via text message or email, visit the Alerts webpage (scroll down to “Alert Center.”)

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