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Posted on: November 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE - Power Restored in Malibu. Red Flag Warning Over, But Fire Conditions Continue

Red Flag Trancas Charmlee Parks Closed


UPDATE 11/27/2021 - Power has been restored to all customers in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties including Malibu following Southern California Edison (SCE)  Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during the Red Flag fire conditions with high winds over the past several days. There are no further circuits being considered for potential PSPS outages. Customers experiencing further power interruptions can visit for outage status and other info. Winds have diminished, but brief critical fire conditions are expected to continue through at least Monday, Nov. 29. There is still the potential for wind-caused power outages in Malibu. See the detailed fire forecast: City of Malibu emergency information and fire conditions are posted on the City website -

To file a complaint against SCE or speak to a customer service representative, call 800-655-4555 or visit


UPDATE 11/26/2021 – PSPS POWER OUTAGES IN MALIBU - City Public Works Crews maintained emergency generators overnight to keep traffic signals in operation. SCE has re-energized some circuits and is working to restore all other circuits currently deenergized in the Malibu area. All circuits are off PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff) period of concern, subject to change. See the map of SCE PSPS outages at Please note that the map often lags significantly behind the actual status. See the circuit maps and other PSPS information for Malibu at

PLEASE NOTE - The City has been posting power outage updates throughout the Red Flag and PSPS incident via text message and email with the City's website Utility Alerts and updates about Red Flag weather conditions via Weather Alerts. If you have not received those alerts, and want to, or believe you should have, you may not be signed up for Utility Alerts. Visit, scroll to Alert Center, select Utility Advisory or Weather Advisory.

SCE deployed a Community Crew Vehicle to Bluffs Park Thursday, 11/25 at 5:45 p.m. to provide PSPS information, resiliency kits that include battery chargers for mobile phones and on-site charging of phones and medical devices. 

SCE needs several hours to inspect lines before proceeding to re-energize circuits. 

A Red Flag watch is in effect through 6 p.m. Friday. See local weather conditions and forecasts at 

To sign up for SCE Medical Baseline services or help, call 211. SCE has partnered with 211 to assist customers during PSPS. SCE provides hotel discounts for those impacted by a PSPS:

City Public Works, Caltrans and SCE crews are patrolling Malibu monitoring for hazards, clearing debris from roadways and working on downed power lines.

Be prepared for potential fires, power outages, downed branches and power lines. Under California law, approach any intersection with a non-functioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign. 

Never touch downed power lines – warn others, and call 911. 


UPDATE 11/252021 - TRAFFIC SIGNAL OUTAGES, SCE POWER OUTAGES ACROSS WESTERN MALIBU, RED FLAG, HIGH WINDS CONTINUE - As of Thursday morning, multiple traffic signals are out in Malibu due to several Southern California Edison (SCE) Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) due to high winds and Red Flag fire conditions. Motorists should proceed with extreme caution - approach dark intersections as an all-way stop sign per California law and beware debris and owned power lines in the roadways.

Traffic signals are malfunctioning in several locations in Malibu and temporary generators are being deployed to get them operating due to the widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) implemented by Southern California Edison (SCE). 

Crews are patrolling around Malibu and clearing debris from roadways and working on downed power lines in multiple locations. City Public Works crews are patrolling Malibu monitoring for road hazards, power lines, or any other hazards. 

Overnight, a falling tree took down power lines and communications cables on PCH at Heathercliff, Point Dume approximately 1:30 AM. Wires down reported at 2:53 AM at Fernhill Dr, Point Dume; at 6:34 AM at PCH and Paradise Cove; at 8:11 AM at Cross Creek and Civic Center Way; at 8:37 AM at Sweetwater Mesa near Malibu Pier, at 8:40 AM at Big Rock.



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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