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PG&E turns off power to multiple counties through Monday night

If you live in the foothills of Butte, Plumas, or Yuba counties, you face a Public Safety Power Shutoff starting in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 9:50 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2020 11:02 AM

UPDATED 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 - Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says they hope to restore electricity for all who have been impacted by the PSPS by late Monday night, safety permitting.

PG&E said they shut off power to 65,000 customers in 16 counties. The final shutoffs should be completed by 8 p.m. They said they set up 28 Community Resource Centers to support customers in impacted areas. Click here to a list of resource centers. They also said wind gusts of up to 60 mph occurred in some of the areas that are experiencing the PSPS power shutoffs.

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UPDATED 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 - In total the power shutoff event is expected to impact approximately 65,000 customers in portions of 16 counties, including: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama and Yuba counties. Two customers within Sonoma County and 15 customers in Kern County are also expected to be included in the scope of this PSPS.

Some customers may experience outages unrelated to this PSPS event due to requests from CAL FIRE to de-energize lines for the safety of firefighters in active fire areas or damage caused from wildfire-related impacts to equipment.

PG&E is working to improve its PSPS program by making events smaller in size, shorter in length, and smarter for our customers. While PSPS is an important wildfire safety tool, PG&E understands the burden PSPS places on its customers especially for those with medical needs and customers sheltering-at-home in response to COVID-19.

Timeline for safety shutoffs

PG&E began de-energization for the first wave of 11,000 customers around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Based on wind forecasts, de-energization for the second wave of 54,000 customers will begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Power is expected to be out overnight Sunday into Monday for all customers.

Once the high winds subside Monday morning, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power. PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring power to nearly all customers who are safe to restore within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed.

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CALIFORNIA - High fire danger is returning, and so is the possibility of PG&E blackouts. On Friday, PG&E expanded the number of customers who could be impacted over the weekend.

In the North State, residents who live in Butte, Shasta, Tehama, Yuba, or Plumas face a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff beginning Sunday morning. That's when high-fire risk weather conditions are expected.

"The anticipated scope and timing of this event has changed from earlier announcements, based on updated weather forecasts that showed stronger wind gusts in a larger portion of PG&E’s service area," PG&E said in a news release Friday. "PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to monitor conditions closely and additional notifications will be made today to customers who may be impacted by this event."

RELATED: PG&E power shutoff: What you need to know

PG&E said it sent warnings of the possibility to nearly 97,000 customers, in 15 counties across the Northern Sierra and North Valley, who could be impacted.

The possible outages would last through Monday morning. Click here to check if your address is being monitored for a PG&E shutoff.

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