PG&E possibly shutting off power Thursday due to North Bay fire danger

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PG&E is possibly shutting off power on Thursday due to fire danger from high winds, the utility said.

The company has been working to notify about 70,000 customers by email, automated voice messages, and text messages who are in parts of nine counties that may be affected 

When considering to shut down power, PG&E takes strong winds, very low humidity levels, critically dry vegetation, and on-the-ground observations into consideration.

Here is the full statement from PG&E:

We want everyone to know that PG&E has notified us that they may proactively turn off power for safety starting on Thursday, November 8. This includes only certain parts of Sonoma County that could be prone to extreme risk of fire danger. PG&E is sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to a potential power shutoff.

The areas that PG&E will possibly shutoff power is in parts of the following counties:

  • Butte County (including Berry Creek, Chico, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Paradise)
  • Lake County (including Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Middletown)
  • Napa County (including Angwin, Pope Valley, St. Helena)
  • Nevada County (including Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan)
  • Placer County (including Colfax, Foresthill, Alta)
  • Plumas County (including La Porte)
  • Sierra County (including Downieville, Sierra City)
  • Sonoma County (only portions of unincorporated northeast Sonoma County)
  • Yuba County (including Brownsville, Dobbins, Camptonville)

The customers in these areas are surrounded by nearly 3,100 miles of power lines.

PG&E is working closely with first responders and state and local agencies to keep them informed of their response to the weather conditions.

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