UPDATE October 16, 2018: By Tuesday night, PG&E announced power was restored to all customers affected by the planned outages.
Beginning Sunday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Company proactively shut off power to 12 counties due to "extreme fire danger conditions."
According to PG&E, the shut-off is to "help reduce the risk of wildfire and to keep our customers, their families and their homes and businesses safe."
Monday, PG&E announced their plan to restore power to approximately 70 percent of their customers by midnight.
The temporary power shut-offs will affect the following communities:
These nine communities are in an "extreme fire-risk area" and will be affected first by the power shut-offs. Around 70,000 customers will be impacted:
- Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley)
- Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Clipper Mills, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Oroville)
- Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City)
- Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
- Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
- El Dorado County (Aukum, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
- Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
- Plumas County (La Porte)
- Calaveras County (Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)
By just before 9 p.m., PG&E reported power had been shut off in the above areas of El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties, affecting around 42,000 customers.
The shut-offs in these three communities will take place later Sunday night and will affect around 17,000 customers:
- Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
- Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, Saint Helena)
- Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)
PG&E is sending automated texts, voice messages and emails to its customers that say:
“Extreme weather conditions with high fire danger are forecasted in (county name), starting today and lasting through Monday morning. These conditions may cause power outages. To protect public safety, PG&E may also temporarily turn off power in your neighborhood or community. If there is an outage, we will work to restore service as soon as it is safe to do so. Please have your emergency plan ready. If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911. For more information on how to prepare, please visit pge.com/wildfiresafety or call 1-800-PGE-5002.”
Several school districts canceled classes Monday as the power outages rolled into the start of the week.
Yuba County officials say a power outage in the Loma Rica area Sunday was due to a transmission issue at a local PG&E station and did not have anything to do with the planned power shut off.
More information can be found on PG&E's website.