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PG&E says it could cut power in 30 counties to prevent fires PG&E is cutting power to 30 California counties to avoid starting a fire in hot, windy weather
Cecil Davis | 09 October, 2019, 04:16

The affected counties are: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

PG&E plans to post alerts on its website, on social media, and send out emails, texts, and automated calls.

As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for almost 800,000 customers. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Parts of almost 30 counties in Northern and Central California that are serviced by PG&E could be impacted. This is because the electric system relies on power lines networked across cities, counties and regions.

She lost power twice after Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to thousands of customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during warm, windy weather.

PG&E plans to turn off power to all or parts of more than 30 counties due to the severe wind event.

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"Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage", the press release said.

To see if your address is affected, visit www.pge.com/psps, click "Get Current Information", then click "Check the Map".

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday through Thursday across northern portions of California, warning of "potential of rapid spread of fire" and reporting "potentially strong, damaging" winds and relatively low humidity.

Siemens says the outages are hard on her family because it scares their children, who were traumatized during the massive Paradise blaze, and affects their cleaning business. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.