With high fire danger PG&E says they may shut off power in some parts of Butte County


With part of the Northstate experiencing extreme fire danger, PG&E may be turning off power Thursday morning in Butte County and several other counties.

Dry and warm conditions are expected to continue this week, including a Red Flag warning from the National Weather Service.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) began notifying customers on Tuesday in portions of nine counties, including Butte County, where the company plans to turn off power for safety starting Thursday morning. PG&E said turning off power in these areas will reduce fire danger.

PG&E said in a statement:

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service and the impacts these events can have on our customers, their families and communities. We will only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Pat Hogan, senior vice president of electric operations.

The counties listed to experience temporary power outages are as follows:

  • Butte County
  • Lake County
  • Napa County
  • Nevada County
  • Placer County
  • Plumas County
  • Sierra County
  • Sonoma County
  • Yuba County

PG&E says they are sending out automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to a potential power shutoff.

Customers should also make sure their contact information is up-to-date by visiting their website or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

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