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PG&E may shut off power in several North State counties Saturday

PG&E officials say the utility might cut power in some areas due to the red flag conditions this weekend. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng has the details and reaction from customers.

Posted: Jun 7, 2019 12:45 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2019 10:52 PM

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 7th, 2019 - PG&E officials say the utility might cut power in some areas due to the red flag conditions this weekend. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng has the details and reaction from customers.

"All of us need to be prepared for whatever, not necessarily for PG&E, for serious rainstorms or fires," said Paul Bellefeuille, a Camp Fire survivor.

PG&E said starting Saturday, it might turn off power to thousands of customers in the North State.

"I think it's a needed thing to do for safety, for the town, for everybody," said Bellefeuille.

PG&E is working with CAL FIRE, CAL OES, and other agencies to prepare for the potential shut-offs. Another Camp Fire survivor told us about her concerns.

"Being a disabled person, I'm not looking forward to tolerating the heat very well," the Camp Fire survivor said. "But I understand that they have to do these things to mitigate dangers like what we've experienced, it's kind of like a double-edged sword."

In Butte County areas such as Palermo, Forest Ranch, Bangor, Berry Creek, Oroville, parts of Paradise and Chico may be seeing power outages this upcoming weekend.

"People have perishables in their refrigerators, some people don't have the finances to replace that and I know PG&E isn't going to write a check to replace that," said Vince Haynie, a man who lives in Chico.

"I would be more interested to see how they're improving their infrastructure as a more reasonable long term solution to stop things like the Camp Fire from happening," said Ellen Fetherston, a woman who lives in Chico.

PG&E said there wouldn't be a single factor that would lead to them shutting off the power. They said they are considering several other criteria that would lead them to make the decision. 

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - PG&E announced that it may shut off power in several North State counties on Saturday to help reduce the risk of wildfire.

The utility said that the potential power shut-offs could be within the next 18-36 hours. 

PG&E is working with CAL FIRE, Cal OES, and other agencies to prepare for the potential shut-offs. 

For the North Bay, the peak time for the potential power shut-offs starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday and continues through 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

For the Sierra Nevada Foothills, the peak time for the potential shut-offs starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday and continues until 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Below are areas that may be impacted by the potential shut-offs:

Butte County

  • Portions of Paradise
  • Oroville
  • Bangor
  • Forest Ranch
  • Chico
  • Berry Creek
  • Palermo

Placer County

  • Portions of Lincoln

Yolo County

  • Portions of Davis
  • Winters

Napa County

  • Portions of Napa 
  • Lake Berryessa 

Solano County

  • Portions of Suisun City
  • Vacaville 
  • Winters

Yuba County

  • Portions of Browns Valley
  • Oregon House
  • Marysville 
  • Wheatland
  • Rackerby

Nevada County

  • Portions of Auburn
  • Grass Valley
  • Smartville
  • Rough and Ready
  • Penn Valley

El Dorado County

  • Portions of Pilot Hill
  • Greenwood
  • Georgetown
  • Cool

PG&E said there is not a single factor that would contribute to a shut-off. The utility reviews a variety of criteria to decide, and they it will inform the public. 

The utility will alert the public through automated calls, texts and emails. 

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates as they become available. 

Read the full press release below, which was posted by the town of Paradise:  

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