PG&E cuts power to Bay Area customers across parts of 5 counties

Lights were turned off at more than 10,000 homes in five San Francisco Bay Area counties Tuesday night as PG&E preventively cut off power across Northern California to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by power lines.

If you consider an average of three people per household, more than 30,000 people across the region will be affected.

Here’s a rundown of the number of customers with no power in the five Bay Area counties:

– Alameda: 18 customers
– Costa contract: 334 customers
– Napa County: 6,849 customers
– Solano County: 1,093 customers
– Sonoma County: 1,864 customers

The closure was implemented as dry sea winds picked up, increasing the risk of falls and damaging power lines that provoked wildfires. The Bay Area National Weather Service issued a red flag warning because high winds could increase the risk of fire from 11 pm Tuesday to 3 pm Wednesday in the interior mountains of North Bay and the mountains of East Bay.

The fire risk in California is high this year after back-to-back dry winters that have left vegetation parched and flammable.

Customers will likely be in the dark until Thursday.

“Once the time decreases, we will go in and inspect every inch of line to ensure there is no damage to the equipment,” PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. “Usually, this process takes 24 hours or 12 hours a day.”

California’s largest utility announced Monday night about 48,000 customers across Northern California could potentially be affected, and on Tuesday, that number grew to 51,000. Nevada and Humboldt counties were pulled from the original list of counties, while Alameda and Contra Costa were added.

Sarkissian said: “We are trying to identify it, keeping the scope as minimum a number as possible.”

Counting outside the Bay Area that will see some customers in the dark includes the following:

– Butte County: 7,221 customers
– Colusa County: 568 customers
– Glenn County: 375 customers
– Lake County: 4,563 customers
– Lassen County: 58 customers
– Mendocino County: 1,138 customers
– Plumas County: 550 customers
– Shasta County: 15,836 customers
– Sierra County: 17 customers
– Solano County: 1,000 customers
– Sonoma County: 1,800 customers
– Tehama County: 9,437 customers
– Trinity County: 61 customers
– Yolo County: 366 customers
– Yuba County: 432 customers

You can search your address at to see if PG&E is monitoring your location to close the security potential.

California’s largest utility has been responsible for hundreds of fires in recent years that have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of homes, including the state’s deadliest fire, camp fires in 2018, which killed 85 people.

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