PG&E to cut power for 18 counties due to extreme fire weather conditions

On Tuesday evening, PG&E will begin shutting off power for approximately 51,000 customers in 18 counties.

Posted: Aug 17, 2021 6:15 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 4:18 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it is in the process of implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The power shutoff will affect about 51,000 customers in small portions of 18 counties focused in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the North Coast, the North Valley, and the North Bay mountains.

The safety shutoff is due to a combination of dry offshore winds, extreme to exceptional drought conditions, and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E said.

The times are estimated and may change depending on weather conditions.

Power shut-offs scheduled for Aug. 17 include:

  • 5 p.m. - Shasta County, Tehama County, Yolo County
  • 6 p.m. - Butte County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County, Glenn County, Lake County, Lassen County, Mendocino County, Napa County, Plumas County, Solano County, Sonoma County
  • 7 p.m. - Trinity County
  • 10 p.m. - Alameda County, Sierra County, Yuba County

PG&E anticipates weather “all clears” will begin on Wednesday afternoon with varying times depending on location.

PG&E is estimating how many customers will be affected by the power shut-offs in each county. 

  • Butte County - 7,221 customers
  • Lassen County - 58 customers
  • Plumas County - 550 customers
  • Shasta County - 15,836 customers
  • Tehama County - 9,437 customers
  • Trinity County - 61 customers
  • Yuba County - 432 customers
  • Alameda County - 18 customers
  • Colusa County - 568 customers
  • Contra Costa County - 334 customers
  • Glenn County - 375 customers
  • Lake County - 4,563 customers
  • Mendocino County - 1,138 customers
  • Napa County - 6,849 customers
  • Sierra County - 17 customers
  • Solano County - 1,093 customers
  • Sonoma County - 1,864 customers
  • Yolo County- 366 customers

Due to the PSPS, air quality, and high temperatures schools in the Happy Valley Union Elementary School District will begin class on Aug. 20, HVUSD District Administrative Assistant Taylor Barton said.

Grant Elementary School will also be closed on Aug. 18 due to the power shutoff, Superintendent/Principal Robert Effa said. 

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