[UPDATE 11:22 a.m. Monday:] Over 17,000 PG&E Customers Without Power After Company De-Energizes Parts of Grid Because of Critical Weather Conditions for Fires to Start and Spread
The National Weather Service warns that much of Northern California is at increasing risk of wildfire tonight. High winds and low humidity will create critical conditions until tomorrow night.
PG&E has “proactively turned off power in extreme fire-risk areas of Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties based on localized weather forecasts calling for wind gusts of up to 50 mph tonight into Monday AM. Approx. 17,483 customers are impacted,” according to a tweet from their spokesperson, Deanna Contreras.
There is no estimated time to restore power.
Additional firefighters are on duty throughout the region also. Below is a tweet from the Santa Rosa Fire Department showing fire trucks moving firefighters. Just a little over a year ago, similar weather conditions ignited multiple fires from Mendocino to the Bay Area killing 44 people.
Given the Red Flag Warning that’s in effect, high winds in upper elevations of Sonoma County & the potential for extreme fire weather, additional firefighters (as seen here) from numerous fire departments across Sonoma County are on duty thru tomorrow (Monday) at noon. pic.twitter.com/QMHdM1SgEV
— Santa Rosa Fire Department (@SantaRosaFire) October 15, 2018
UPDATE Monday: PG&E tweeted a little before 5 a.m., “Public Safety Power Shutoff remains in effect for 17k customers in North Bay and 42k in Sierra Foothills. We continue to monitor the weather and will provide updates to our impacted customers in Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras counties.”
UPDATE 11:22 a.m. Monday: PG&E put out the following update:
PG&E crews have now begun patrols to thoroughly inspect the lines for any necessary repairs by helicopter, in vehicles and on foot. The company anticipates crews will complete equipment inspections by the end of the day, pending safe working conditions for our employees. Crews will then begin to safely restore power to customers.
Due to extreme weather, PG&E shut off power in carefully targeted areas. Thorough inspections are necessary to ensure equipment and lines are not damaged and that our crews are able to safely and quickly restore power to customers.