Update: Customers in seven counties will experience a new round of preventative power shutoffs early Wednesday morning, according to Pacific Gas and Electric.
Power will be shut off to just over 48,200 customers in Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
Customers in the foothills will lose power around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the shutoffs moving to the North Bay two hours later.
Those in the following areas will be impacted by the utility’s Public Safety Power Shutoff:
- Butte County – 22,836 customers: Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Chico, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Stirling City, Yankee Hill
- Napa County – 708 customers: Calistoga, Lake Berryessa and Napa
- Nevada County – 16,506 customers: Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready
- Placer County – 2,633 customers: Auburn, Foresthill
- Plumas County – four customers in Storrie
- Sonoma County – 701 customers in Santa Rosa
- Yuba County – 4,833 customers: Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Marysville, Oregon House, Rackerby, Smartville
Windy weather conditions are expected until around noon. Once the winds have calmed, the utility says power will be restored within a day to two days.
“However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours,” PG&E wrote in a news release. “For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for multiple-day outages.”
PG&E reports all 24,000 customers who were without power starting Monday should have had their power restored by Tuesday around 6 p.m.
During the first round of shutoffs, PG&E crews found damaged equipment in four different incidents.
The following sites will be provided for customers who do not have power to get bottled water, use the restroom and charge electronic devices. They will be open during daylight hours starting at 8 a.m.:
Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds, 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, CA 95603
Sierra College Grass Valley Campus, 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
14144 Lakeridge Court, Magalia, CA 95954
Harrison Stadium parking lot, Third and Mitchell Avenues, Oroville, CA 95965
Oregon House, 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House, CA 95935
Loomis, 3600 Taylor Rd, Loomis, CA 95650
Calistoga/Napa Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak Street, Calistoga, CA 94515
ROUGH AND READY — In the tiny town of Rough and Ready on Tuesday, neighbors were ready to rough it.
Dennis Day’s power went out Monday just before 5 p.m.
“I don’t have enough to get my well working, so I don’t have water,” Day said.
Day was one of roughly 24,000 customers across Nevada, Yuba and Butte counties dealing with Pacific Gas & Electric’s preventative power shutoffs.
“It’s frustrating and I’m mad because I don’t think there’s a problem,” Day said. “They just picked an area and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to shut these people off.’”
PG&E said the shutoffs were due to high wind, dry conditions and heat in the forecast elevating the risk of their lines sparking wildfires.
“There’s no wind. Yeah, maybe it’s a little warm, it’s a little dry, but look at the trees, there’s nothing,” Day said.
PG&E said it’s working with the best forecasting information out there.
“The way the system’s built there could be a section of line that runs through a windy hilltop or a windy, gulchy area that we need to shut that area off for safety,” said PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Merlo. “And it could impact customers down the line that may not be experiencing that same weather pattern.”
Crews spent the day inspecting lines and working to turn the power back on to a few thousand homes before more potential shutoffs Tuesday evening.
Business owners worry if the outage lasts much longer, they could be out a lot of money.
“It’s going to be meat and everything is all going to go bad. My dairy is going to go bad,” said Penn Valley Market and Liquor owner Happy Hundal.
Hundal’s market stands to lose 20 to 30 thousand dollars if their freezers remain off. It was one of the few businesses in the area open Tuesday. They were using a small generator to power the cash register all in an effort to bring a little light to the dark situation their neighbors were in.
“At least I’m helping a little bit in the community, so they have something to drink and something to eat,” Hundal said.