The Anza Electric Cooperative received word from Southern California Edison that the entire system should be restored by Monday, Aug. 6. AEC includes Garner Valley.

The import upgrade that SCE and AEC "had already been working on for later this year will be completed during this outage since crews and material are readily available," according to the AEC announcement.

"What does this mean? With this upgrade, the import capacity from SCE will increase, enabling AEC to provide more power during peak summer and winter times."

Fire damages included 126 SCE structures (poles, cross arms, etc.) and three AEC structures.

SCE resources working on the damages now are:

• 40 line construction crews
• 40 civil crews since last Friday (hiking to/from rugged terrain) with compressors being flown in. This crew is hand digging the holes since vehicles cannot access these areas.
• 38 vegetation crews
• 13 traffic-control crews
• 16 damage-assessment crews
• three helicopters

Each crew consists of four to five people.

"Along with the vehicle and equipment compound in Anza, two others exist in Mountain Center at the CalTrans yard and at Camp Ronald McDonald," wrote AEC.


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