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Large part of county could see power shut off – beginning tonight

A large portion of Plumas County is under a watch for a Public Safety Power Shutoff — due to a Red Flag Warning and critical fire conditions — that goes into effect tonight. Residents began receiving notifications via text, emails and phone calls Sunday afternoon.
PG&E notified the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office that many central and western Plumas County residents could be affected. Some of these areas include Quincy, Greenville, Chester, the Feather River Canyon, Bucks Lake, and La Porte.
The estimated shutoff start is today, Sept. 7, between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.. According to PG&E, shut off times may be delayed if winds arrive later than forecasted.
PG&E expects weather to improve by 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept 9. After weather has improved, PG&E will inspect equipment before restoring power. The estimated power restoration is Wednesday, Sept. 9, by 7 p.m. (Restoration time may change depending on weather and equipment damage).
PG&E recommends all customers plan for an extended outage. The utility will provide daily updates until the weather risk has passed or power has been restored. Weather forecasts change frequently. Shutoff forecasts will be most accurate the day of the potential outage.

The potential Monday evening Public Safety Power Shutoff could impact approximately 103,000 customers in portions of 17 counties in the Sierra foothills, North Bay and East Bay.

In addition to Plumas, customers in portions of the following counties are being notified: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Tehama, Tuolumne and Yuba.

Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began late Sunday afternoon, approximately 48 hours prior to the potential shutoff. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications, will be individually visited by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible. A primary focus will be given to customers who rely on electricity for critical life- sustaining equipment.

Please visit the below links to see if your address will potentially be affected.
For the outage map visit:
For outage updates from PG&E visit:

Why PG&E Calls a Public Safety Power Shutoff Event

Due to forecasted extreme weather conditions, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety. Windy conditions, like those being forecast, increase the potential for damage and hazards to the electric infrastructure, which could cause sparks if lines are energized. These conditions also increase the potential for rapid fire spread.

State officials classify more than half of PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California as having a high fire threat, given dry grasses and the high volume of dead and dying trees. The state’s high-risk areas have tripled in size in seven years.

No single factor drives a PSPS, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:

  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and observations from PG&E field crews

New for 2020: Improved Watch and Warning Notifications

In response to customer feedback requesting more information as soon as possible to ensure they have time to prepare for and plan in advance of a potential PSPS event, PG&E will provide improved Watch and Warning notifications this year.

Whenever possible, an initial Watch notification will be sent two days in advance of a potential PSPS event. This is what is being sent to customers this evening. One day before the potential PSPS event, an additional Watch notification will go out, notifying customers of the possibility of a PSPS event in their area based on forecasted conditions.

A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed, and that it is going to happen soon. Whenever possible, Warning notifications will be sent approximately four to 12 hours in advance of the power being shut off.

Both Watch and Warning notifications are directly tied to the weather forecast, which can change rapidly.

As an example of how notifications have been improved for 2020, customers will see the date and time when power is estimated to be shut off as well as the estimated time when their power will be restored, all provided two days before the power goes out. Last year, the estimated time of restoration was not provided until the power had been turned off.

 

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