Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is monitoring hot, dry and windy weather over the next few days and expects to shut off power for safety in nine Northern California counties starting Monday evening. The affected counties include Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills and Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Bay.
Monday’s potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could affect approximately 124,000 customers in the nine counties. The largest number of those affected, 33,500, are in Sonoma County.
The potential fire weather event is forecasted to begin around 8:00 pm on Monday, and last until 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 24.
PG&E will decide on whether to proceed with the Public Safety Power Shutoff late Monday morning. If power is shut off for these counties, it should take place during the late afternoon or evening hours on Monday.
A similar event is forecast Tuesday evening, September 24 and could bring elevated fire conditions until 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 25.
If power is shut off, PG&E plans to have crews out to make any needed repairs and restore power once it is safe to do so.
Stay informed on the latest Public Safety Power Shutoff updates at www.pge.com/pspsupdates. You can also enter your address to find out if your home or business is served by an electric line that may be impacted by this event.
It’s also a good idea to update your contact information at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E uses this information to alert customers in advance of turning off their electric service for safety, when and where possible.
Prepare for and practice an emergency plan to keep yourself and your family emergency-ready and safe during an outage. Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at www.pge.com/psps.