The warning includes the area in the Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Santa Barbara, where firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department are working to contain the Sherpa Fire.
Statistical data show that over the last 30 years, fire seasons have gotten longer and the area burned by wildfires has doubled. Climate change researchers, and other scientists, have published numerous studies over the past 10 years that show wildfires will be more intense and larger over time in the southwest U.S.
The California Independent System Operator is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 20, due to high temperatures in the region.
People are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Cal ISO suggests people turn off all unnecessary lights, use major appliances after 9 p.m. and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.
Earlier this year, the agency that operates California's power grid said power supplies would be "adequate" for the summer.
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