SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 30: Pedestrians walk by a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) truck at a job site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A federal grand jury has added 27 new charges, including obstruction of justice, the criminal case agains

PG&E Truck (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PG&E Cuts Power In North Bay And Sierra Due To Fire Danger

High Wind, Low Humidity Worrisome

Jeffrey Schaub
October 14, 2018 - 12:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio)  -- PG&E announced it was cutting power to 87,000 customers in the Bay Area and Sierra foothills on Sunday evening because of the high risk of fires. The power remained off on Monday morning.

"To help reduce the risk of wildfire during extreme winds and keep PG&E customers, their families and their homes and businesses safe, the company will first turn off power," the utility said about its unprecedented decision. 

Downed electrical lines have been identified as the cause of previous fires. Last week, Cal Fire officials blamed PG&E's equipment for igniting the Cascade Fire last fall. 

Dry conditions and gusty winds had led the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning through Monday for higher elevations in Sonoma and Napa counties, the East Bay hills and the Diablo Range. 

Power was turned off first to the Sierra foothills, PG&E's announcement said. Later in the night, officials will pull the plug on some North Bay residents. 

Residents of Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Calistoga and Napa were among those in the North Bay affected by the interruption to service. In all, service in 12 counties will be interrupted.

Officials tried notifying customers before pulling the plug.

Customers can sign up to receive notifications by text, email and automated calls about planned power outages on PG&E's website.