PG&E officials announced Sunday that the utility company is considering shutting off power Tuesday night in several Northern California communities due to dry and windy conditions.
The news comes as firefighters continue to battle the Dixie fire, which has burned more than 570,000 acres. The fire is currently 31% contained.
According to PG&E, the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event from Tuesday night through Wednesday could affect about 39,000 customers in parts of 16 counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the North Coast, the North Valley and the North Bay mountains.
Some of the affected Bay Area counties include Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.
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"PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operations Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to closely monitor conditions. We will share additional customer notifications as conditions evolve," PG&E officials said in a statement.
PG&E added that it has begun sending 48-hour advance notifications to customers in targeted areas, where the utility "may need to proactively turn power off for safety to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines."
Affected customers were also being contacted by PG&E via text messages, email and phone calls.
For more information regarding the potential power shutoffs, it can be found on pge.com.
Here is the complete list of the affected areas, according to PG&E:
- Butte County: 13,841 customers, 1,366 Medical Baseline customers
- Glenn County: 17 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
- Humboldt County: 643 customers, 13 Medical Baseline customers
- Lake County: 2,727 customers, 184 Medical Baseline customers
- Lassen County: 65 customers, 7 Medical Baseline customers
- Mendocino County: 239 customers, 15 Medical Baseline customers
- Napa County: 1,804 customers, 87 Medical Baseline customers
- Plumas County: 778 customers, 27 Medical Baseline customers
- Shasta County: 14,027 customers, 1,239 Medical Baseline customers
- Sierra County: 1,035 customers, 30 Medical Baseline customers
- Solano County: 71 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers
- Sonoma County: 106 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customer
- Tehama County: 2,856 customers, 219 Medical Baseline customers
- Trinity County: 426 customers, 21 Medical Baseline customers
- Yolo County: 100 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
- Yuba County: 531 customers, 49 Medical Baseline customers