UPDATE: 2:10 p.m. Oct. 14: Some East Quincy residents are reporting receiving notice from PG&E that their power will be shut off sometime between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight, and hopefully be restored by midnight after the utility switches customers to a backup power source.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14: With the addition of shutoffs in the Quincy area, the total number of Plumas County customers to be impacted today is 1,850.
UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.: PG&E announced tonight that its Public Safety Power Shutoff has been expanded to include parts of Quincy. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 until Friday, Oct. 16 at 1o p.m., the area from the Safeway shopping center to East Quincy, including portions of Lee Road and Bell Lane will be impacted. There are no plans for further outages at this time, but that could change as has already happened today. (See the last update).
UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: During this morning’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Sheriff Todd Johns said the areas impacted would be portions of the Canyon, as well as the Bucks Lake and La Porte areas. He said that East Quincy and Quincy would not be impacted at this point, but that could change. The outage should begin between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
PG&E is notifying 54,000 customers in 24 counties that they could be part of this week’s Public Safety Power Shutoff — with 1,850 of those affected in Plumas County. According to a PG&E spokesman, the outage would be limited to an area in western Plumas County, but Plumas News is working to confirm more specific information.
High fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Wednesday evening and subside Thursday morning in some locations and Friday morning in others. PG&E will then inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event. PG&E will restore power as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers within 12 daylight hours, based on current weather conditions.
The highest probability areas for this PSPS are the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills; the mid and higher elevations in the Sierra generally north of Yosemite; the North Bay mountains near Mt. St. Helena; small pockets in the East Bay near Mt. Diablo; the Oakland Hills east of Piedmont; the elevated terrain east of Milpitas around the Calaveras Reservoir; and portions of the Santa Cruz and Big Sur mountains.
PG&E in-house meteorologists as well as staff in its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operation Center will continue to monitor conditions closely, and additional customer notifications will be issued as the event moves closer.
Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began late yesterday afternoon, approximately two days 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.
PG&E estimates that approximately 54,000 customers in the following 24 counties will be affected:
Alameda County: 5,405 customers, 214 Medical Baseline customers
Amador County: 57 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
Butte County: 11,315 customers, 982 Medical Baseline customers
Calaveras County: 262 customers, 17 Medical Baseline customers
Contra Costa County: 929 customers, 61 Medical Baseline customers
El Dorado County: 1,654 customers, 73 Medical Baseline customers
Humboldt County: 187 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer
Lake County: 82 customers, 5 Medical Baseline customers
Monterey County: 1,084 customers, 20 Medical Baseline customers
Napa County: 9,230 customers, 315 Medical Baseline customers
Nevada County: 224 customers, 6 Medical Baseline customers
Placer County: 389 customers, 13 Medical Baseline customers
Plumas County: 1,855 customers, 103 Medical Baseline customers
San Mateo County: 1,683 customers, 56 Medical Baseline customers
Santa Clara County: 2,210 customers, 103 Medical Baseline customers
Santa Cruz County: 6,024customers, 406 Medical Baseline customers
Shasta County: 4,697 customers, 396 Medical Baseline customers
Sierra County: 1,052 customers, 24 Medical Baseline customers
Solano County: 871 customers, 66 Medical Baseline customers
Sonoma County: 1,781 customers, 65 Medical Baseline customers
Tehama County: 1,230 customers, 58 Medical Baseline customers
Trinity County: 178 customers, 10 Medical Baseline customers
Yolo County: 10 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
Yuba County: 1,841 customers, 141 Medical Baseline customers
Total: 54,252 customers, 3,135 Medical Baseline customers