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LITTLEROCK —Southern California Edison officials are contemplating a possible shutoff of electricity in high-risk fire areas of southeast Antelope Valley, including parts of Palmdale, Littlerock, Sun Village, Pearblossom, Llano, Valyermo and Juniper Hills as early as today because of weather predictions, including a prospect for very

high winds.

While these areas might experience storm-related outages, Edison has not decided to shut off power at this time, according to an advisory from the company. The company issued the advisory to warn residents of the possibility in order to give them time to prepare.

Last year, advisories frequently were not followed by shutoffs.

A power shutoff is of particular concern to people who have wells dependent on electric power, or those who use medical devices powered by electricity.

Edison sent out messages Wednesday by text, email and telephone to inform residents in the areas

of the advisory.

The shutoff is being contemplated because of the chance that high winds could knock down power lines and spark a wildfire. Downed power lines are suspected in a number of recent California wildfires. Meanwhile, Edison crews and contractors have been at work for months locally retrofitting power lines in an attempt to make them less vulnerable.

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