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PG&E Restoring Power as Wildfire Risks Ease

In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric company began cutting power Sunday night in Northern California

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    PG&E Restoring Power as Wildfire Risks Ease

    About 6,000 utility customers remained without electricity Tuesday evening in Northern California after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power over the weekend in a pre-emptive bid to prevent wildfires in high winds and dry weather. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    About 6,000 utility customers remained without electricity Tuesday evening in Northern California after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power over the weekend in a pre-emptive bid to prevent wildfires in high winds and dry weather.

    PG&E said it expected to restore power to all the affected customers throughout the day. About 120 of those without power were in Napa County.

    PG&E said it has to inspect power lines before turning the power back on. The utility had 150 crews spread over five counties inspecting the lines Tuesday.

    "We have to physically walk the line to see if there’s any damage before we turn any of that technology back on," a PG&E spokesperson said.

    North Bay Homes Still in the Dark Tuesday Morning

    [BAY] North Bay Homes Still in the Dark Tuesday Morning

    Some people in the North Bay are still in the dark Tuesday morning after PG&E crews reset 138 power lines in the North Bay after the utility deployed its Public Safety Power Shutoff across several Northern California counties.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    It was the first time PG&E preemptively cut power. It previously announced the plan after authorities blamed its power lines for sparking some of California's most destructive blazes.

    Calistoga Mayor Chris Channing said his city wasn't on the high-risk map and yet power was still disconnected. Regardless, he said the delay in power restoration makes it all the more frustrating for residents and merchants.

    "I understand it was the first time through this rodeo, but they have colleagues in another part of the state not so far away where they could kinda get some best practices and ideas from," Channing said about PG&E.

    The utility expects to pay billions of dollars in wildfire damages and has sought ways to limit its liability through the courts and Legislature.

    PG&E began restoring power to the 60,000 affected customers on Monday after winds died down and wildfire risks eased.

    Most of the customers who were still without power are in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

    Power Restored in Parts of Calistoga, Others by Midnight

    [BAY] Power Restored in Parts of Calistoga, Others by Midnight

    PG&E officials said Monday they expected to restore power by midnight to 70 percent of the customers in several counties where power was turned off Sunday night to reduce wildfire risks in conditions that are dry, windy and with low humidity. Chery Hurd reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    NBC Bay Area's Mark Matthews contributed to this report.

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