Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirms that it is implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) affecting 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.
Since Saturday, PG&E meteorologists have been tracking the weather system, which could bring sustained winds of up to 40 mph, gusting higher in foothills and mountains. The National Weather Service has issued Fire Weather Watches in the area today through Wednesday based on forecasts for dry, northerly winds and low relative humidity. And the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center’s North Operations Predictive Services has issued a high-risk fire warning today through Wednesday due to “an unusually gusty early-season” wind event.
Timeline for safety shutoffs
6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17
Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Napa, Plumas, Solano, Sonoma. Approximately 550 Plumas County customers could be impacted.
PG&E anticipates weather “all clears” will occur Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the afternoon with varying times depending on individual locations.
Once conditions are clear, our electric crews will begin patrolling in the air depending on the levels of smoke impacting our visibility, in vehicles and on foot to check de-energized lines for hazards or damage to make sure it is safe to restore power.
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