In an effort to determine how many Plumas County residents are without power and when it might be restored, Plumas News asked PG&E to share the most current information.
According to PG&E, as of early Tuesday afternoon, about 2,400 PG&E customers are without power in Plumas County. Power is out in portions of the Indian Valley area, Canyon Dam, communities along the Feather River Canyon, Twain and Keddie. According to information on the company’s website, there are also customers without power in Chester. On Monday night PG&E restored power to the Bucks Lake area.
PG&E also has restored power in the Quincy area and elsewhere in Plumas County using generators at substations until it can rebuild electric transmission lines. The temporary generators are allowing critical customers like Plumas District Hospital, the jail, sheriff’s office and water and sewer services to be powered.
Nearly 400 PG&E workers and contractors are working on power restoration for the Dixie Fire.
PG&E does not yet have an estimated time of restoration for all customers. Customers can check on their power status and request updates by visiting www.pge.com/outages or calling 800-743-5002.
PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said the utility continues to work closely with fire agencies and when access is granted, PG&E crews and contractors assess damage, remove downed poles and power lines from roadways, cut trees posing a hazard to power lines, and rebuild poles and power lines. Before safely restoring power, PG&E patrols power lines by air or ground to identify any hazards.
PG&E Safety and Infrastructure Protection Team (SIPT) crews have been pre-treating utility poles with fire retardant in advance of possible fire spread. SIPT crews also have performed protective work in and around PG&E facilities in the area, including powerhouses.