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89,000 customers in Northern CA could have power shut-off due to wildfire danger, PG&E says

Posted at 9:50 PM, Sep 26, 2020

PG&E expects to turn off power to about 89,000 customers in 16 counties due to severe weather and wind.

On Saturday, PG&E announced it will shut off power to thousands of customers spanning 16 counties as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The PSPS will primarily impact people in the Northern Sierra and North Valley, according to the utility company.

The power shutoff is currently expected to impact the following areas:

  • Alpine County: 573 customers, 6 Medical Baseline
  • Amador County: 5,465 customers, 400 Medical Baseline
  • Butte County: 18,001 customers, 1,726 Medical Baseline
  • Calaveras County: 9,978 customers, 386 Medical Baseline
  • El Dorado County: 30,259 customers, 2,011 Medical Baseline
  • Kern County: 15 customers, 0 Medical Baseline
  • Lake County: 55 customers, 2 Medical Baseline
  • Napa County: 216 customers, 5 Medical Baseline
  • Nevada County: 7,260 customers, 434 Medical Baseline
  • Placer County: 9,056 customers, 560 Medical Baseline
  • Plumas County: 785 customers, 24 Medical Baseline
  • Shasta County: 2,816 customers, 241 Medical Baseline
  • Sierra County: 1,099 customers, 22 Medical Baseline
  • Sonoma County: 2 customers, 0 Medical Baseline
  • Tehama County: 1,223 customers, 58 Medical Baseline
  • Yuba County: 1,891 customers, 152 Medical Baseline

Total: 88,703 customers, 6,027 Medical Baseline

As of Saturday evening, there are no scheduled or anticipated power shutoffs for San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara Counties.

Customers can CLICK HERE to lookup their address and see if their area is being monitored for a PSPS.

The first wave of shutoffs are expected to begin around 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27th with the second wave beginning around 4 p.m. Sunday based on wind forecasts.

PG&E will open approximately 28 outdoor, open-air Community Resource Centers (CRCs) in every county where a PSPS occurs.

These temporary CRCs will be open to customers and will provide ADA-accessible restrooms, hand-washing stations; medical-equipment charging; Wi-Fi; bottled water; grab-and-go bags and non-perishable snacks.

In a press release, PG&E officials said utility crews will inspect de-energized lines after high winds subside Monday morning to make sure none were damaged during the wind event before restoring power.

The utility company is aiming to restore power to nearly all customers within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed.