LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — PG&E is again notifying customers about the potential for public safety power shutoff due to forecasted extreme weather.
Due to expected extreme fire danger conditions, including the Red Flag warning from the National Weather Service, a spokesperson with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says the utility company is notifying 70,000 customers in portions of nine counties that the company may proactively turn off power for safety starting Thursday, Nov. 8.
“We understand how important electric service is to customers, so we are considering temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety only as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Pat Hogan, senior vice president of Electric Operations.
Factors that PG&E considers when deciding to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff include strong winds, very low humidity levels, critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations. PG&E is sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to a potential power shutoff. Company officials say they have also taken extra steps, knocking on some customers’ doors.
PG&E may temporarily turn off power in portions of the following communities:
Butte County (including Berry Creek, Chico, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Paradise)
Lake County (including Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Middletown)
Napa County (including Angwin, Pope Valley, St. Helena)
Nevada County (including Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan)
Placer County (including Colfax, Foresthill, Alta)
Plumas County (including La Porte)
Sierra County (including Downieville, Sierra City)
Sonoma County (only portions of unincorporated northeast Sonoma County)
Yuba County (including Brownsville, Dobbins, Camptonville)
Customers in these potentially affected areas are served by approximately 3,100 miles of power lines, officials said. That’s the equivalent of the driving distance from San Francisco to Boston. If power is turned off for safety, PG&E says every mile will be inspected prior to safely turning the power back on.
Customers should make sure their contact information is up-to-date by visiting pge.com/mywildfirealerts, or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911.