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 50,000 customers in 21 counties that they could be part of this week’s Public Safety Power Shutoff — with 350 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.
Here is a list of customers by county who could be potentially affected by this PSPS event.
Alameda County: 4,104 customers, 160 Medical Baseline customers
Amador County: 57 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
Butte County: 11,364 customers, 986 Medical Baseline customers
Calaveras County: 262 customers, 17 Medical Baseline customers
Contra Costa County: 3,166 customers, 168 Medical Baseline customers
El Dorado County: 1,654 customers, 73 Medical Baseline customers
Lake County: 30 customers, 2 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: 350 customers, 16 Medical Baseline customers
San Mateo County: 1,586 customers, 51 Medical Baseline customers
Santa Clara County: 2,210 customers, 103 Medical Baseline customers
Santa Cruz County: 1,680 customers, 94 Medical Baseline customers
Shasta County: 4,698 customers, 396 Medical Baseline customers
Sierra County: 1,052 customers, 24 Medical Baseline customers
Solano County: 872 customers, 66 Medical Baseline customers
Sonoma County: 1,781 customers, 65 Medical Baseline customers
Tehama County: 1,230 customers, 58 Medical Baseline customers
Yuba County: 1,841 customers, 141 Medical Baseline customers
Total: 48,865 customers, 2,774 Medical Baseline customers