California wildfire danger prompts power shutoffs as PG&E reduces scale, San Diego could be impacted
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Tens of thousands of residents in Northern California have had their power temporarily shut off as the state faces extreme fire weather conditions that also threaten outages for the southern part of the state.
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The nation's largest electric utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), said Sunday that a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) was underway in the northern part of the state due to strong and dry winds creating a "high fire risk."
"This PSPS event is based on forecasts of widespread, severely dry conditions and strong, gusty winds," the utility said. "These conditions are expected to continue through Monday morning in most locations."
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE THREAT SPURS UTILITY PG&E TO CUT POWER TO 89,000 CUSTOMERS
The utility said that changing weather conditions allowed it to reduce the scope of the event by 27% from the 89,000 customers who were to be initially impacted.
In total, the power shutoff is now impacting 65,000 customers in portions of 16 counties, including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama, and Yuba counties.