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PG&E blackout plan approved by Public Utilities Commission

PG&E and other California utility companies now have the green light to cut off electricity to customers during high fire danger.

Posted: May 31, 2019 8:07 AM

CALIFORNIA - PG&E and other California utility companies now have the green light to cut off electricity to customers during high fire danger. 

RELATED: PG&E introduces high fire danger blackout plan

The decision came Thursday from the Public Utilities Commission. 

PG&E faces billions in legal claims, accused of starting the Camp Fire. 

RELATED: Investigators determine Camp Fire was caused by PG&E transmission lines

The energy giant asked regulators to allow PG&E to pull the plug when fire risk is extremely high. 

In Thursday's hearing, prior to the commission's decision, disability rights advocates asked commissioners to consider that the loss of power can have life-threatening consequences. 

The commission did say utilities must do a better job with preventative efforts. 

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1274393744
Riverside24765537
Orange22650412
San Diego18863420
San Bernardino18275304
Imperial7759132
Fresno762787
Alameda7485147
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Kern619597
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San Mateo3846112
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Solano207528
Merced179312
Sonoma156114
Placer102111
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8578
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5373
Napa4774
Butte3384
Sutter3374
San Benito3112
El Dorado3070
Lassen2610
Shasta1766
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Yuba1633
Lake1081
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Tehama981
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono491
Siskiyou410
Amador360
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Hi: 97° Lo: 69°
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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A hot week will transform into an even hotter weekend over northern California as high pressure stays in control of our weather. No rain is in the forecast, but it will cool a bit by late next week.
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