PG&E moves forward with shutoffs, expands number of Bay Area counties affected


PG&E confirmed that it has moved forward with power cuts across Northern California on Tuesday night in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by power lines, saying the number of customers affected in the San Francisco Bay Area has grown on 10,000 across five counties. . A small number of customers in Alameda and Contra Costa have been added to the list.

PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian broke down the number of customers that will be affected in each Bay Area county:

– Alameda: 18 customers
– Contra Costa 334 customers
– Napa County: 6,800 customers
– Solano County: 1,000 customers
– Sonoma County: 1,800 customers


PG&E will begin cutting power preemptively Tuesday night as offshore winds that can hit on them and damaged power lines must be picked up and continued on Wednesday. Customers will likely be in the dark until Thursday.

Sarkissian said: “Tuesday evening is when we expect public security power to close.” Usually, this process takes 24 hours or 12 hours a day. “

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning due to high winds that could increase the risk of wildfires from 11 pm Tuesday to 3 pm Wednesday in the inland North Bay and East Bay mountains.

In this record photo, power transmission tower silhouetted by the rising sun in Burlingame, California.

In this record photo, power transmission tower silhouetted by the rising sun in Burlingame, California.

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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 50,000. Nevada and Humboldt counties were pulled from the original list of counties, while Alameda and Contra Costa were added.

He said: “We are trying to pinpoint 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: 11,114 customers
– Colusa County: 509 customers
– Glenn County: 207 customers
– Lake County: 2,083 customers
– Lassen County: 65 customers
– Mendocino County: 669 customers
– Plumas County: 660 customers
– Shasta County: 19,999 customers
– Sierra County: 1,036 customers
– Solano County: 1,000 customers
– Sonoma County: 1,800 customers
– Tehama County: 7,473 customers
– Trinity County: 428 customers
– Yolo County: 11 customers
– Yuba County: 487 customers

Most of the affected customers – about 31,000 – are in Butte and Shasta counties near the Dixie Fire, PG&E said in statements Monday night.

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

PG&E 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 deadly fire, the 2018 camp fire, which killed 85 people.

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