Southern California Edison customers whose homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable during the Silver and Mountain fires will not have to pay for electricity used since their last bill before they lost their homes, the utility announced Friday.
"We extend our sincere sympathy to those who have been displaced by the fire, and we want to help in any way we can," Marlyn Denter, manager of Consumer Affairs for SCE, said in a statement distributed Sept. 13. "Anyone who needs our help should call us as soon as they are able."
The Mountain Fire burned 27,531 acres near Idyllwild in July and destroyed 23 structures, including seven homes, according to the Forest Service.
In August, the Silver Fire burned an estimated burned 20,292 acres, injured 11 firefighters, severely burned one civilian, and destroyed 48 structures including 26 homes, according to Cal Fire.
Edison officials urged customers who qualify for bill forgiveness to call SCE toll free at (800) 250-7339. Other customers who need special payment arrangements can call (800) 950-2356.