National Weather Service

PG&E May Shut Off Power in Some Areas Due to Fire Danger

UPDATE: PG&E on Thursday, Nov. 8, said after evaluating weather conditions, the company will not be moving forward with the power shut off plan.

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Extreme fire danger conditions coupled with a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service has prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Company to warn customers it may proactively turn off power starting Thursday.

The communities PG&E has warned of possible outages for safety are:

  • Butte County
  • Lake County
  • Napa County
  • Nevada County
  • Placer County
  • Plumas County
  • Sierra County
  • Sonoma County
  • Yuba County

"We know how much our customers rely on electric service and the impacts these events can have on our customers, their families and communities. We will only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire," Pat Hogan, PG&E's senior vice president of electric operations, said in a statement.

The Red Flag Warning for North Bay and East Bay hills above 1,000 feet is slated to go into effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday and end at 7 a.m. Friday, according to the NWS. 

The weather service warned that "any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly."

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