More Than Half Of California Counties On PG&E's Fire Watch

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October 07, 2019 - 2:02 pm
 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Senior Wildfire Operations Center Analyst Sarah Gibson monitors weather and satellite images of fire areas at the PG&E Wildfire Safety Operations Center on August 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

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Severe winds forecast for Wednesday and Thursday has PG&E monitoring conditions for the threat of fire in more than half of all counties in California.

The utility company is preparing to shut power if necessary in an area that includes seven out of nine Bay Area counties.

Customers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma may see their power turned off. Only San Francisco and Marin counties were left off the list from PG&E. 

The combination of dry conditions, low humidity and gusting winds created a high potential for wildfires. 

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Tuesday night through Thursday in the North and East bay hills and valleyss, as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains.