PG&E said another round of power shutoffs could occur

PG&E said Tuesday that it plans to notify approximately 29,000 customers in parts of 19 counties in Northern and Central California that may have the power to proactively shut down early Thursday to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by utility lines amid dry and windy conditions.

This news comes after the power cut utility on Monday about 24,000 customers in parts of 23 counties under the same conditions and was still working to restore power to all those customers by Tuesday afternoon.

The actions, which PG&E calls Public Safety Power Shutdown, are one of the utility’s efforts to limit wildfires and are implemented based on a combination of factors including low humidity, high winds, dry vegetation and real-time observation out of PG&E team around its service area. .

In the Bay Area, Thursday’s power shutdown could take effect for 293 customers in Contra Costa County, 3,750 in Napa County, 1,591 in Solano County and 1,481 in Sonoma County. Potentially affected customers were alerted via text, email and automated phone calls, according to PG&E.

National Weather Service forecaster Brayden Murdock said the upcoming wind event doesn’t look as serious as the one that hit Sunday night and continues through Tuesday.

“We’ll see more of a northerly gradient in our winds on Thursday,” Murdock said. “Not as bad as today, but still something to be careful about.”

Murdock said the strongest winds on Thursday will likely be at higher elevations in eastern North Bay and East Bay.

You can find more information about the planned power outlets online at

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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