SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. November 8, 2018 – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of eight Northern California counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure.
On Tuesday, PG&E began notifying approximately 70,000 customers in portions of Northern California of the potential that the company would turn off power for safety given forecasts of extreme fire danger conditions. PG&E will now notify customers directly via automated calls, texts and emails that the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff has been canceled.
“We want to thank our customers for their understanding and for their actions in preparation of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff. We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we will only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.
PG&E continues to remind customers who live in high-fire-danger areas to have a plan. Customers can learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area by reviewing the California Public Utilities Commission’s High Fire-Threat District map. They can also visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety to determine whether their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety.
To learn read more about PG&E’s work to reduce the risk of wildfires, visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety