Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to customers in Northern California

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Extreme fire-weather conditions prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to shut off power to thousands of customers in Northern California ahead of strong winds forecast in the region on Sunday night.

B​y Monday, more then 170,000 customers in California had lost power.


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The move is part of a strategy by utilities across California to reduce the risk of wildfires sparked by utility lines that break during extreme winds. Many of California’s most destructive fires — including several that raced through wine country last year — were attributed to power lines.

Gusty winds are forecast in the hills of the Bay Area, coming in from the land and headed west toward the ocean, through noon Monday. Wind gusts in the higher elevations of the North Bay could reach as high as 70 mph in the overnight hours into Monday.

A text message sent out Saturday night by Alameda County warned of potential shut off electricity due to high fire weather danger.
A text message sent out Saturday night by Alameda County warned of potential shut off electricity due to high fire weather danger. (Los Angeles Times)

PG&E asked customers to learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area on the California Public Utilities Commission Fire-Threat District map. It also asked customers to update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling (866) 743-6589 during normal business hours.

These are the places that PG&E said were at risk of power being turned off Sunday night:

  • Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
  • Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, Saint Helena)
  • Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)
  • Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Clipper Mills, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Oroville)
  • Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City)
  • Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
  • Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
  • El Dorado County (Aukum, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
  • Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
  • Plumas County (La Porte)
  • Calaveras County (Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)
  • Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley)
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