PG&E Cutting Power In 7 Counties Due To Fire Threat

KCBS Radio Overnight News
September 24, 2019 - 11:11 pm
nalysts at the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Wildfire Safety Operations Center monitor a wildfire on August 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

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PG&E announced it would cut power to 48,000 customers on Wednesday morning dispersed across a wide stretch of fire-prone Northern California, including parts of Napa and Sonoma counties. 

Turning off electricity is one of the emergency measures the huge utility wields when there are high risks of wildfires due to hot temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. 

In Napa County, officials with PG&E said that 1,000 customers west of Calistoga and in a remote area on the northern end of Lake Berryessa were expected to lose power between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. 

In Sonoma, another 1,000 customers in an elevated region near Porter Creek Road along the eastern border of the county were warned that the electricity would be cut between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. 

Related: PG&E Weather Site Predicts Possible Power Outages

Extreme fire conditions will peak at 6 a.m. but remain high until noon on Wednesday, forecasters said. 

The deliberate power outage will also affect residents in Butte, Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills. 

Once the danger subsides, it will take crews about 12 hours to inspect power lines and manually restore electricity to the Napa and Sonoma customers.