When & Where: PG&E shuts off power in parts of Bay Area due fire fears

PG&E Power Shutoffs

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – PG&E is shutting off power in parts of the Bay Area Wednesday afternoon due to dangerous fire weather.

PG&E says the blackout will impact about 179,000 customers parts of 17 counties across California.

Most of the shutoffs will happen in the Sierra Foothills and north of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the Bay Area, more than 37,000 customers will be impacted in Napa, Sonoma and San Mateo counties, with the North Bay being hit the hardest.

A blackout two weeks ago affected about 2 million people in northern and central California.

PG&E says both shutoffs were aimed at preventing wildfires caused by downed or fouled power lines.

Timing

  • Sierra Foothills: 2 p.m.
  • North Bay counties: 3 p.m.
  • San Mateo & Kern counties: Thursday, 1 a.m.

PG&E says the forecasts indicate the peak period of winds should end around noon Thursday in the Sierra Foothills, North Bay and San Mateo County, and around noon Friday in Kern County

Once the high winds subside, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power.

PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring the vast majority of customers within 48 hours after the weather has passed.

Locations

>>Click here for PG&E power shutoff map

The following counties will be affected, according to PG&E:

CountyCustomersCities
AlpineTotal: 634
Medical Baseline: 1
Bear Valley
Unincorporated areas
AmadorTotal: 10,420
Medical Baseline: 567
Fiddletown
Jackson
Pine Grove
Pioneer
Plymouth
River Pines
Sutter Creek
Volcano
ButteTotal: 17,745
Medical Baseline: 1,326
Bangor
Berry Creek
Brush Creek
Butte Meadows
Butte Valley
Chico
Clipper Mills
Cohasset
Concow
Feather Falls
Forbestown
Forest Ranch
Hurleton,
Magalia
East Oroville
Oroville
Palermo
Paradise
Paradise Pines
Rackerby
Stirling City
Yankee Hill
CalaverasTotal: 14,235
Medical Baseline: 411
Arnold
Avery
Camp Connell
Dorrington
Douglas Flat
Glencoe
Hathaway Pines
Mokelumne Hill
Mountain Ranch
Murphys
Rail Road Flat
Sheep Ranch
Tamarack
West Point
White Pines
Wilseyville
El DoradoTotal: 39,705
Medical Baseline: 1,699
Aukum
Cameron Park
Canyon
Camino
Coloma
Cool
Diamond Springs
El Dorado
Fair Play
Garden Valley
Georgetown
Greenwood
Grizzly Flats
Kelsey
Kyburz
Lotus
Mount Aukum
Omo Ranch
Pacific House
Pilot Hill
Placerville
Pollock Pines
Rescue
Shingle Springs
Silver Fork
Somerset
Twin Bridges
KernTotal: 75
Medical Baseline: 0
Arvin
Bakersfield
Lebec
LakeTotal: 1,889
Medical Baseline: 65
Cobb
Loch Lomond
Middletown,
unincorporated areas
south of Kelseyville
MendocinoTotal: 158
Medical Baseline: 2
Comminsky Station
Potter Valley
Yorkville
NapaTotal: 7,488
Medical Baseline: 140
Angwin
Calistoga
Deer Park
Lake Berryessa
Oakville
Pope Valley
Rutherford
St Helena
NevadaTotal: 43,383
Medical Baseline: 1,813
Chicago Park
Grass Valley
Nevada City
North San Juan
Penn Valley
Rough And Ready
Soda Springs
Washington
PlacerTotal: 13,410
Medical Baseline: 581
Alta
Applegate
Auburn
Baxter
Colfax
Dutch Flat
Emigrant Gap
Foresthill
Gold Run
Meadow Vista
Newcastle
Weimar
Christian Valley
Unincorporated areas
of Placer County North
and West of Lincoln
PlumasTotal: 344
Medical Baseline: 2
La Porte
San MateoTotal: 372
Medical Baseline: 11
La Honda
San Gregorio
Woodside
Unincorporated San
Mateo County
SierraTotal: 1,160
Medical Baseline: 14
Alleghany
Downieville
Goodyears Bar
Pike
Sierra City
SonomaTotal: 26,845
Medical Baseline: 893
Annapolis
Boyes Hot Springs
Cloverdale
Fulton
Geyserville
Glen Ellen
Guerneville
Healdsburg
Kenwood
Larkfield
Santa Rosa
Sonoma
Windsor
Stewards Point
TehamaTotal: 748
Medical Baseline: 12
Manton
Mill Creeek
Mineral
Paynes Creek
Red Bluff
YubaTotal: 5,504
Medical Baseline: 312
Browns Valley
Brownsville
Camptonville
Challenge
Dobbins
Loma Rica
Oregon House
Rackerby
Smartsville
Strawberry Valley
Wheatland

School Closures on Thursday Oct. 24

  • Geyserville Unified School District
  • Rincon Valley Union School District, specific schools only: 
    • Whited Elementary
    • Binkley Elementary
    • Madrone Elementary
    • Sequoia Elementary
    • Rincon Valley Charter School – Sequoia Campus
    • Austin Creek Elementary
  • Santa Rosa City Schools District, specific schools only: 
    • Hidden Valley Elementary
    • Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter
    • Rincon Valley Middle
    • Maria Carrillo High School

Red Flag Warning

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the North Bay, East Bay, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

For the North Bay, the Red Flag Warning began at noon.

The warning will go into effect at 3 p.m. for the East Bay and at 7 p.m. for the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Red Flag Warning will last through 4 p.m. Thursday for all locations.

Very dry, gusty offshore winds will create critical fire weather conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

Community Resource Centers

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open several Community Resource Centers that will offer restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people.

The centers will be open from 8 a.m. Thursday and will remain open for the remainder of the shutoff.

>>Click here for tips on how to prepare for a possible outage

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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