PG&E shutdown for forest fire risk


Update: For more information on the Wednesday September 25 outages, click here.

Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to parts of at least three California counties due to the increased risk of wildfires starting Monday.

The first wave of closures began Monday afternoon, for about 22,000 customers in Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties. This area is indicated by the purple line on the map above.

The communities concerned are: Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Oroville, Marysville, Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Hurletown, Palermo, Rackerby, Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Oregon House and Smartville.

Specific addresses can be verified to the PG&E research page.

PG&E began restoring power to that area on Tuesday at 6 a.m. and expected all customers to have electricity by 6 p.m.

On Monday, PG&E reported that power cuts to public safety during the current red flag warning could affect around 124,000 customers in nine counties:

  • Butte County: 22,920
  • Nevada County: 12,950
  • Yuba County: 5,240
  • Placer County: 22,180
  • El Dorado County: 3,640
  • Sutter County: 230
  • Sonoma County: 33,500
  • Lake County: 12,840
  • Napa County: 10,500

The approximate boundaries of these potential cutoff zones are shown in red on the map above. PG&E customers in those counties “are expected to remain on standby for a possible weather event” on Tuesday, the utility said.

The utility will attempt to contact affected customers by phone, SMS or e-mail before the outages.

Community resource centers in the blackout zone were scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will remain open during daylight hours. They will have a toilet, water, device charger, and seating for up to 100 people. On the map above (house icons) are the currently planned centers, at Auburn, Grass Valley, Magalia, Oroville and Oregon House.


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