Fires continued to dominate the scene this week, with one causing a serious power outage near Santa Barbara in the City of Goleta July 2. In addition, Southern California suffered high temperatures much of the week, driving up demand for power. However, temperatures generally remained in the 90s or cooler in coastal valleys and Central Valley, well below the highs seen in the June heat wave. Wildfires impacted two 220 kV lines in Goleta, causing a drop of 220 MW on Wednesday evening. Southern California Edison, which provides the city power, rerouted some of that and picked up about 90 MW of \u201cload fairly quickly--but the rest was out until they got the transmission lines back in service,\u201d according to Gregg Fishman, California Independent System Operator spokesperson. Fires continued to threaten the lines through the weekend. \u201cThere\u2019s no other immediate threat to transmission facilities that we are aware of but fire conditions can change quickly,\u201d Fishman added. Hundreds of fires continued to burn across the state, creating serious air quality problems, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley. Our reporter\u2019s view from the brink of Yosemite\u2019s Half Dome on June 30 revealed a valley trapped in thick black smoke. The thought of descending and driving into that pollution was frightening. After nearly two weeks, a major fire continues to burn in Big Sur. To date, the governor has declared a state of emergency in the following counties: Butte, Kern, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Plumas, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta and Trinity. Other than the fire related black out in Goleta, power demand was manageable and service was largely uninterrupted. The CAISO\u2019s peak for this week was 39,400 MW on July 2 at 5:00 PM, well below its 50,000 plus MW surge in July 2006. Temperatures were also manageable in the Los Angeles and Sacramento regions this week. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power\u2019s peak was 5,092 MW mid afternoon of July 2, a few hundred megawatts below its all time peak. \u201cWe are not seeing any of the fires near our transmission,\u201d said Kim Hughes, LADWP spokesperson. Temperatures are projected to rise early this week, possibly into the high 80s in Los Angeles and mid-90s in the warmer San Fernando Valley. Those are not expected to cause serious peak power surges The Sacramento Municipal Utility District\u2019s peak hit a manageable 2,228 MW at 6 p.m. June 27. The thermometer hit 96 degrees that day. \u201cIt was relatively calm weather and the fires did not impact the grid or transmission coming in,\u201d said Chris Capra, muni spokesperson. However, while utilities do not expect high temperatures this week, at press time, the National Weather Service forecast another heat wave, saying temperatures today and Tuesday could soar as high as 110 degrees in some inland valley locations.