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.
- 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.
The following counties will be affected, according to PG&E:
Medical Baseline: 1
Medical Baseline: 567
Medical Baseline: 1,326
Medical Baseline: 411
Rail Road Flat
|El Dorado||Total: 39,705|
Medical Baseline: 1,699
Medical Baseline: 0
Medical Baseline: 65
south of Kelseyville
Medical Baseline: 2
Medical Baseline: 140
Medical Baseline: 1,813
North San Juan
Rough And Ready
Medical Baseline: 581
of Placer County North
and West of Lincoln
Medical Baseline: 2
|San Mateo||Total: 372|
Medical Baseline: 11
Medical Baseline: 14
Medical Baseline: 893
Boyes Hot Springs
Medical Baseline: 12
Medical Baseline: 312
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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