Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

California utility proactively cuts power because of weather

California utility proactively cuts power because of weather

PG&E has been in touch with people in the affected areas who rely on power for their medical equipment, Adam Pasion, a spokesman for the utility, said in a phone interview. PG&E meteorologists will continue to monitor the weather overnight and PG&E will de-energize customers in some parts of these counties if necessary. North Bay PSPS Event PG&E had proactively turned off power for safety to approximately 1,700 customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo Counties early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service said humidity could drop to 10 percent. Just as that shutdown was called off, the utility warned 27,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties that their power would be cut from 9 p.m. through Sunday morning. It burned 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 structures, CAL FIRE said.

The fire, which was described as the most destructive fire disaster in California history, was caused by the failure of PG&E's power lines, according to an investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) announced on May 15. It covers inland valleys below the 1000-foot level, where fire officials say grass and shrub have dried despite an unusually rainy May across the state. We ask that all our customers use this event as a reminder to revisit their emergency plans and build or restock their emergency kits to prepare for potential power outages during wildfire season, ' said Michael Lewis, senior vice president of Electric Operations, PG&E.

The area includes portions of Paradise town that was worst hit by a deadly wildfire known as Camp Fire in Northern California a year ago. The California Public Utilities Commission has said they must do a better job of educating and notifying the public, as well as increase fire prevention efforts such as clearing brush and installing fire-resistant poles.

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Forecasters predict hot and dry conditions starting Friday and winds blowing 15 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.

Pacific Gas & Electric says it is ending proactive power shutdowns in three Northern California counties that were implemented to guard against wildfires during windy, dry and hot weather.

A heat advisory issued for the region around the San Francisco Bay warned of record or near-record heat on Sunday, with widespread highs from 95 to 105 degrees (35 to 40.5 Celsius).

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