Special section: PSPS October 23

October 23, 2019 – PG&E has announced the possibility of a power shut off. We will post updates here as we receive them. The map below was released by PG&E 24 hours ahead of the blackout.

 

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October 25, 2019 at 4:54 PM Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported today that the 99% of customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on October 23 had their power restored as of 5 p.m. today. The customers who continue to be without power are in Sonoma County, where the Kincade Fire has been active since Wednesday night. Work continues to restore customers who are able to be restored.

October 25, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Nevada County OES update: PG&E has announced that Nevada County is 95% re-energized.

We want to continue to remind people that once your power is restored, take the opportunity to prepare for the next possible event. Extreme fire weather conditions are predicted Saturday through Monday with the possibility for another Public Safety Power Shutoff. Refuel cars and generators, stock up on supplies and withdraw cash while the ATM’s have power. Make sure your Go Bag is ready and your car is parked towards the road, and take a moment to check in with friends, family and neighbors to see if they have any needs you may be able to help with.

October 25, 2019 at 9:47 AM

PG&E helicopter over North San Juan and we just received a report the Peardale area has been restored.

October 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

AT&T landlines are out again in Cascade Shores.

PG&E crews are continuing inspections and, in some cases, repairs on circuits in North San Juan, Rough&ready, Cascade Shores and the Peardale Chicago Park area.

PG&E expects all customers to be restored Friday pending any damage to equipment that must first be repaired before safely restoring power.

October 25, 2019 at 6:14 AM

Current Restoration for Oct. 23 PSPS

Below is a table showing the progress of customer restoration by county.

County Customer Restored (%)
Alpine 100%
Amador 100%
Butte 100%
Calaveras 100%
El Dorado 95%
Kern 0%
Lake 98%
Mendocino 97%
Napa 76%
Nevada 91%
Placer 100%
Plumas 100%
San Mateo 100%
Shasta 100%
Sierra 59%
Sonoma 81%
Tehama 52%
Yuba 90%

 

Additional Widespread PSPS Potential for This Weekend

PG&E is also closely following a potentially strong, widespread, dry offshore wind event on Saturday that is significant in scope and could impact the Sierra Foothills, North Bay, Peninsula and Central Coast.

PG&E expects all customers impacted by Wednesday’s PSPS event to have their power restored prior to the second PSPS event over the weekend. Some customers who will be restored Thursday and Friday from this first event may also be included in this separate event this weekend. Customers should prepare by fulling charging their communications, medical and other devices while the power remains on.

October 24, 2019 at 5:02 PM Power has been restored at YubaNet HQ.

October 24, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Winds decrease slightly throughout the day today, but extremely dry conditions will remain through the weekend. Daytime temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above normal through Saturday, which will enhance dry conditions across the area. Another round of dry northerly winds is likely Saturday through early Monday morning. We are expecting the strongest wind event so far this Fall, and this will likely bring extreme fire weather conditions to much of interior northern California.

October 24, 2019 at 11:04 AM

PG&E has received the weather “all clear” for Nevada County. PG&E crews are inspecting lines for potential weather-related damage before restoring power.  We will provide updates on timing for full restoration as we receive them.

October 24, 2019 at 9:05 AM

The Grass Valley branch of the Nevada County library will open today at 10:00 am.

October 24, 2019 at 7:50 AM

Waste Management update:McCourtney Road Transfer Station is currently OPEN. We are powering essential electronic equipment through generators. We’ll keep you posted if we are forced to close. Stay safe everyone!

October 24, 2019 at 7:05 AM

Nevada County building  closures continue today. Eric Rood Administrative Center, Crown Point, Brighton Greens, Madelyn Helling Library, Probation Office, District Attorney Office, and Transit Office are closed to the public due to PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Gold Country Transit Services are running on normal schedules. Take the bus!

October 24, 2019 at 6:47 AM

Sierra College Nevada County campus is open today, normal class schedule in effect. Do the best you can to get to your classes.

October 24, 2019 at 6:32 AM

PG&E’s community resource centers to open at 8:00 am for Nevada County

• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Former Penn Valley Community Church: 11739 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA

October 24, 2019 at 6:04 AM Red Flag Warning continues today, potentially stronger wind event Sunday through Monday. Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the region today. Lighter winds and high humidity are expected on Friday and Saturday. Another strong north to northeast wind event will have the potential for resulting in extreme fire weather conditions beginning Saturday night and continuing into Monday.

October 24, 2019 at 5:53 AM

Reminder: The following school sites will be closed:

Forest Lake Christian School

Nevada County School of the Arts

Sierra College Child Development Center on Sierra College Grass Valley Campus

Sierra Montessori

October 23, 2019 at 9:24 PM

The following centers are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Thursday and stay open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff:

COUNTY CITY SITE NAME ADDRESS
Alpine Bear Valley Bear Valley Transportation Center 132 Bear Valley Road
Amador Jackson St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish 11361 Prospect Drive
Amador Pioneer Mace Meadows Golf Course 26570 Fairway Drive
Butte Chico Costco – Butte 2100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Butte Magalia Strip Mall 14144 Lakeridge Court
Butte Oroville Bird Street School 1421 Bird Street
Calaveras Arnold Meadowmont Shopping Center 2182 Highway 4
Calaveras Murphys Black Bart Players 580 South Algiers Street
El Dorado Georgetown Buffalo Hill Center 6023 Front Street 37
El Dorado Placerville Former County Sheriff’s Office 300 Fair Lane
El Dorado Pollock Pines Knotty Pine Lanes 2667 Sanders Dr #1
Lake Lakeport Konocti Vista Casino 2755 Mission Rancheria Road
Lake Middletown Twin Pine Casino & Hotel 22223 CA-29
Napa Calistoga Calistoga Fairgrounds 1435 North Oak Street
Napa Saint Helena Saint Helena Catholic School 1255 Oak Avenue
Nevada Grass Valley Sierra College – Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive
Nevada Penn Valley Penn Valley Community Church 11739 Spenceville Road
Nevada Nevada City Nevada City Elks Lodge 518 State Highway 49
Placer Auburn Gold County Fairgrounds 209 Fairgate Road
Placer Forest Hill Canyon View Assembly Church 23221 Forest Hill Road
Placer Lincoln McBean Pavilion Parking Lot 75 McBean Park Drive
San Mateo La Honda La Honda Fire Brigade 8945 La Honda Rd
Sonoma Cloverdale Cloverdale Citrus Fair 1 Citrus Fair
Sonoma Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Avenue
Sonoma Sonoma Hanna Boys Center 17000 Arnold Drive
Yuba Oregon House Alcouffe Center 9185 Marysville Road
Calaveras West Point Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3322 202 Spink Road
Mendocino Potter Valley Potter Valley Bible Church 10151 Main Street

 

October 23, 2019 at 9:03 PM

PG&E update:

Forecasts indicate the peak period of winds should end about noon Thursday in the Sierra Foothills, North Bay and San Mateo County, and around noon Friday in Kern County.

Once the high winds subside, PG&E crews will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event. PG&E will then safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring the vast majority of customers within 48 hours after the weather has passed.

In the area impacted by the PSPS, PG&E will need to conduct safety inspections of more than 8,000 miles of distribution lines and nearly 650 miles of transmission lines—the combined equivalent distance of two roundtrips from Chico to Chicago. Resources standing by to support the inspections and restoration include nearly 6,000 on-the-ground field personnel and 42 helicopters.

Monitoring and Preparing for Potential PSPS This Weekend

PG&E is also monitoring and preparing for an additional wind event starting Saturday, October 26, which may require further shutoffs. Early forecasts show that this has the potential to be widespread across PG&E’s service area in Northern and Central California with significant winds.

PG&E encourages customers currently without power to recharge phones and devices and restock emergency kits during periods of restored power. PG&E will provide more information about this potential event as it has a clearer view of the weather.


October 23, 2019 at 6:05 PM
Parts of Grass Valley/Glenbrook are currently being re-energized. The sections that are being re-energized are classified by PG&E as Tier 1, which means the power lines are low fire risk (such as underground lines), and are high priority areas (such as hospitals and skilled nursing facilities). Some key areas that will be re-energized include:
• Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
• Litton Hill (including BriarPatch)
• Fowler Center (including B&C)
Parts of Glenbrook Basin
• Historic Downtown Grass Valley (Mill & Main St)
• Safeway on S Auburn St.
• Gas Stations on Old Nevada City Highway
• Grocery Outlet
• FREED
• Grass Valley City Hall
• Grass Valley Police Department
• Grass Valley Veterans Hall
October 23, 2019 at 4:50 PM

Nevada County Building Closure: October 23-24 Public Safety Power Shutoff

Due to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), some County Buildings are without power and unable to provide services to the public.

As of 10/23 at 4PM, Eric Rood Administrative Center, Crown Point, Brighton Greens, Madelyn Helling Library, Probation Office, District Attorney Office, and Transit Office are closed to the public due to PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

October 23, 2019 at 4:50 PM
The Nevada City Council meeting has been cancelled.

October 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM

PG&E is analyzing and monitoring a potentially stronger weather event for a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff beginning Saturday evening lasting through Monday afternoon. No definitive decisions have been made regarding this event and more concrete information from PG&E on scope, severity and duration will be available by tomorrow evening.

October 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM

The PSPS is now complete, power has been turned off throughout the area.

October 23, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Blackout is creeping up from the east. According to PG&E Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines are now out of power.

October 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency update: If you have essential medical equipment that requires electricity, either have a plan to relocate temporarily to a location that still has power, have a safe backup power source, or plan to use one of PG&E’s Community Resource Centers, which are open during daylight hours. Some relocation options: Reach out to friends or family who will have generator power in the area, or who live outside of the affected area (such as Yuba City, Roseville, Rocklin, and Truckee). If this is not an option, consider hotels that are open in the area or hotels in unaffected areas. FREED also has access to limited resources to assist individuals who rely on medical equipment that requires electricity. Call 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL-211 if you have these specific needs.

October 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

School closure update for Thursday, October 23, 2019

The following school sites will remain open:

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office

Union Hill Bear Cat Discovery Center (will remain open through the week despite outages)

The following school sites will be closed:

Forest Lake Christian School

Nevada County School of the Arts

Sierra College Child Development Center on Sierra College Grass Valley Campus

Sierra Montessori

October 23, 2019 at 2:39 PM

In preparation for the current Red Flag Warning and the upcoming Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), Nevada County Fire Agencies including Grass Valley Fire Department, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Peardale-Chicago Fire District and Ophir Hill Fire District have come together to form a Task Force that will be available in addition to normal staffing patterns. More: https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-fire-agencies-task-force-available-to-assist-normal-operations/

October 23, 2019 at 2:35 PM

Sierra College Nevada County Campus only: All day and night classes for the remainder of the day are being cancelled. Next update for the Nevada County Campus will be posted tomorrow morning at 7:00 am.

October 23, 2019 at 1:57 PM

The Community Resource Center at Sierra College in Grass Valley will be opening early today, 10/23 from 3PM to 8PM.

All other Community Resource Centers will be open Thursday, 10/24 from 8AM to 8PM.

October 23, 2019 at 12:15 PM

An additional Community Resource Center will be open tomorrow, 10/24 from 8AM to 8PM at Nevada City Elks Lodge at 518 CA-49 in Nevada City, CA.

October 23, 2019 at 11:26 AM

PG&E Weather update

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

NOTE: This forecast is based on weather conditions and fuel moisture content only and does not include other criteria used to determine whether a PSPS may be necessary.

The weather forecast models continue to forecast critical fire conditions associated with gusty and dry offshore winds today and lasting into tomorrow except for southern Kern where gusty winds will continue into Friday.  The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for a large swath of the central and northern PG&E territory for today through tomorrow afternoon.  Northern Operations Predictive Services continues to forecast a high risk event due to these dry and gusty winds. PG&E Meteorology continues to participate in daily interagency calls with federal forecast agencies to remain aligned on the upcoming event. The PG&E Emergency Operations Center remains activated to monitor the event. The latest PG&E PSPS forecast is now upgraded to PSPS Warning for geographic zones 2, 3, 4, and 5 for Wednesday and Thursday and zone 9 for tomorrow and into Friday.  A period of lighter winds is expected on Friday into Saturday before another offshore wind event on Sunday and into Monday prompting Elevated status for all zones except zone 9. Please note PSPS decisions are made at a much more granular level than zone. Weather forecasts are dynamic and may change so please stay closely tuned to further updates.
Details: A weather system is currently moving east of the territory and high pressure will re-strengthen during the day today and tonight resulting in a period of gusty north or northeast winds for primarily the elevated terrain across the central and northern PG&E territory.  These Diablo winds in the Sierra foothills may potentially gust in excess of 50 mph with gusts to 35 – 45 mph possible across the elevated terrain of the North Bay and western edge of the Sacramento Valley.  Breezy to locally gusty winds are also possible in the East Bay and Santa Cruz mountains up to 35 mph.  Those winds are forecast to subside tomorrow morning.  As the high pressure continues to build east of the territory, breezy to locally gusty Santa Ana winds will also develop over the Tehachapi mountains and southern Kern tomorrow and should continue at times into Friday.  Overall, the upcoming event is not expected to be as strong as the October 9th – 10th PSPS event.  More settled weather is expected on Friday and Saturday, although weak offshore flow is expected to continue away from the immediate coast.  Another offshore wind event is then possible Sunday into Monday and may impact locations generally north of a Monterey to Yosemite line.  Details around this event remain unclear, but it has the potential to be as strong or stronger than recent events. In addition, dead fuel moistures will decrease significantly in the first event today and tomorrow, setting the stage to be critically dry and very susceptible to fire for the weekend event.       

Please note: This forecast is published daily by an operational meteorologist from PG&E’s Meteorology and Analytics team. This forecast has been customized for PG&E utility operations and should not be used for any other purpose or by any other entity. This forecast only provides a broad overview for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event in the next 7 days as determined from an analysis of forecasted weather, the potential for wind-related damage, and fuel moisture content in dead and live vegetation. It is not a fire danger forecast. The forecast is broken down by broad PG&E Geographic Zones numbered 1 – 9; however, PSPS decisions are made at more granular levels; thus, only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event. While a PSPS event may not be expected for an area, due to the interconnectivity of the grid any location within PG&E territory may be subject to PSPS event.

October 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM

At Hospice of the Foothills, our clinical staff are very proactive when anticipating a public safety power shutoff. Our patients’ needs will be fully met even when the power is out. The clinical and administrative offices are on full generator backup, so it’s business as usual in case anyone needs to make a referral or ask questions for a loved one.

October 23, 2019 at 9:58 AM

Community Resource Centers
To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open several Community Resource Centers. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities. Locations are below, and more are being confirmed. View the most updated list of center locations at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

The following centers are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Thursday and stay open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff:

COUNTY CITY SITE NAME ADDRESS
Alpine Bear Valley Bear Valley Transportation Center 132 Bear Valley Road
Amador Jackson St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish 11361 Prospect Drive
Amador Pioneer Mace Meadows Golf Course 26570 Fairway Drive
Butte Chico Costco – Butte 2100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Butte Magalia Strip Mall 14144 Lakeridge Court
Butte Oroville Bird Street School 1421 Bird Street
Calaveras Arnold Meadowmont Shopping Center 2182 Highway 4
Calaveras Murphys Black Bart Players 580 South Algiers Street
El Dorado Georgetown Buffalo Hill Center 6023 Front Street 37
El Dorado Placerville Former County Sheriff’s Office 300 Fair Lane
El Dorado Pollock Pines Knotty Pine Lanes 2667 Sanders Dr #1
Lake Lakeport Konocti Vista Casino 2755 Mission Rancheria Road
Lake Middletown Twin Pine Casino & Hotel 22223 CA-29
Napa Calistoga Napa County Fairgrounds 1435 North Oak Street
Nevada Grass Valley Sierra College – Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive
Nevada Penn Valley Penn Valley Community Church 11739 Spenceville Road
Placer Auburn Gold County Fairgrounds 209 Fairgate Road
Placer Forest Hill Canyon View Assembly Church 23221 Forest Hill Road
Placer Lincoln McBean Pavillion Parking Lot 75 McBean Park Drive
Sonoma Cloverdale Cloverdale Citrus Fair 1 Citrus Fair
Sonoma Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Avenue
Sonoma Sonoma Hanna Boys Center 17000 Arnold Drive
Yuba Oregon House Alcouffe Center 9185 Marysville Road
Calaveras West Point Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3322 202 Spink Road
Mendocino Potter Valley Potter Valley Bible Church 10151 Main Street

 

October 23, 2019 at 9:33 AM

National Weather Service Sacramento update:

  • Red Flag Warning issued for today – Thursday
  • Critical fire weather conditions today – tomorrow due to strong winds and dry conditions
  • Another strong wind event possible Sunday creating enhanced fire weather conditions

Impacts

  • Easier fire starts
  • Rapid fire spread with new fire starts
  • Loose objects may be blown around
  • Downed tree branches could cause power outages

Forecast Confidence

  • High confidence in fire weather concerns today – Thursday
  • Low confidence in wind strength Sunday
  • Medium confidence in fire weather concerns Sunday

Timing

Wednesday-Thursday

  • Low RH values today – Friday morning from 8 to 20% with poor RH recoveries overnight from the teens to 30%
  • Gusty north to east winds 15-25 mph with gusts up to 30 to 45 mph, locally higher over wind prone areas
  • Valley: Strongest winds this morning through this evening – Wind Advisory in effect
  • Mountains & foothills: Downslope winds increase this evening through early tomorrow

Sunday-early Monday

Strong wind event possible and very dry conditions early Sunday morning through early Monday morning could create enhanced fire weather concerns

Weather Summary

A strong north wind event is forecast today through Thursday with extremely low humidities and poor overnight recoveries, creating critical fire weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Thursday afternoon. North winds increase during the day today over the west side of the Valley, then stronger north to northeast downslope winds tonight into Thursday morning for the Coastal Range, northeast foothills, and northern Sierra Nevada. Winds decrease slightly throughout the day Thursday, but extremely dry conditions will remain through Friday. Daytime temperatures will be around 10-15 degrees above normal through Saturday, which will enhance dry conditions across the area. Another round of dry northerly winds is possible early Sunday morning through early Monday morning. This could be an even stronger wind event than today, though confidence is low in specific details at this time.

October 23, 2019 at 8:40 AM

PG&E has confirmed that they will be turning off power for much of Western Nevada County around 2PM today, 10/23. Restoration is forecast to begin at noon on Thursday, 10/24. Full restoration is expected by sundown Friday 10/25 with majority of residents receiving power by Thursday night.

October 23, 2019 at 8:35 AM

NID will continue to deliver water during power outages; customer service will be affected. Facing another Pacific Gas & Electric’s Public Safety Power Shutoff, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has implemented its Incident Command System to help ensure there will be no disruption in treated water service.

As during the PSPS earlier in the month, NID has taken precautions with backup systems at its treatment facilities, and will continue to supply water without interruption.

NID’s Business Center in Grass Valley will remain open during the PSPS. Please note, however, customer service will be limited, and credit card payments will not be able to be processed during the event.

You can reach Customer Service representatives at (530) 273-6185. More info: https://yubanet.com/regional/nid-will-continue-to-deliver-water-during-power-outages-customer-service-will-be-affected/

October 23, 2019 at 7:23 AM

With potential electricity shortages facing Nevada County, the County Department of Environmental Health offers the following food safety tips to prevent food-borne illness in the event of power outages: https://yubanet.com/regional/food-safety-related-to-power-outages/

October 23, 2019 at 7:16 AM

SNMH update: PG&E has indicated that Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will be included in the planned Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting parts of Northern California beginning Wednesday, October 23. When the power is shut off, the hospital will go on emergency generator power to ensure that all critical functions continue. Our intent is that there is no interruption in service and the emergency department will remain open, however, scheduled surgeries and outpatient procedures are in the process of being rescheduled. The care and safety of our patients is our number one priority and we are in constant contact with PG&E and Nevada County. We will provide updates as they become available.

October 23, 2019 at 6:26 AM

Sierra College Grass Valley campus will be in session this morning.

October 22, 2019 at 11:48 PM

On Monday afternoon, the company sent out 48-hour advance notifications to customers that it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a PSPS as early as Wednesday afternoon. Today, the company sent out 24-hour advance notifications to those customers in the potential impact area.

The potential safety shutoff is planned for varying start times depending on location. It is expected to affect about 184,000 customers in portions of 17 counties in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay — including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sonoma, Tehama and Yuba — as well as Kern and San Mateo counties. Tehama County was added Tuesday night.

In some areas, PG&E has been able to reduce the scope of impact, given changing weather information and the company’s ability to sectionalize certain lines. However, as weather continues to develop, the scope may continue to change.

The 48-hour and 24-hour customer notifications were sent via text, email and automated phone calls to customers who have provided their contact information to PG&E. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee when possible. A primary focus will be given to those customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

Potentially Impacted Counties and Cities

County Customers Cities or Unincorporated areas with some customers potentially impacted
Alpine Total: 634

Medical Baseline: 1

Bear Valley and Unincorporated areas
Amador Total: 10,420

MB: 567

Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, and Volcano
Butte Total: 17,745

MB:1,326

Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Concow, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Hurleton, Magalia, East Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Paradise Pines, Rackerby, Stirling City, and Yankee Hill
Calaveras Total: 14,235

MB:411

Arnold, Avery, Camp Connell, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, Sheep Ranch, Tamarack, West Point, White Pines, and Wilseyville
El Dorado Total: 39,705

MB: 1,699

Aukum, Cameron Park, Canyon, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, and Twin Bridges
Kern Total: 75

MB: 0

Arvin, Bakersfield, and Lebec
Lake Total: 1,889

MB: 65

Cobb, Loch Lomond, Middletown, and Unincorporated areas south of Kelseyville
Mendocino Total: 158

MB: 2

Comminsky Station, Potter Valley, and Yorkville
Napa Total: 7,488

MB: 140

Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, and St Helena
Nevada Total: 43,383

MB: 1,813

Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Emigrant Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough And Ready, Smartville, and Washington
Placer Total:13,410

MB:581

Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Sheridan, Weimar, Christian Valley, Unincorporated areas of Placer County North and West of Lincoln
Plumas Total: 344

MB: 2

La Porte
San Mateo Total: 372

MB: 11

La Honda, San Gregorio, Woodside, and Unincorporated San Mateo County
Sierra Total: 1,160

MB: 14

Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike, and Sierra City
Sonoma Total: 26,845

MB: 893

Annapolis, Boyes Hot Springs, Cloverdale, Fulton, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, and Stewarts point
Tehama Total: 748

MB: 12

Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paynes Creek, and Red Bluff
Yuba Total: 5,504

MB 312

Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Oregon House, Rackerby Smartsville, Strawberry Valley, and Wheatland

 

October 22, 2019 at 8:04 PM

Forest Lake Christian School will be closed tomorrow due to the expected PSPS.

Most schools in Nevada County are closed for October break.

October 22, 2019 at 5:59 PM

UPDATED

Date announced Date power shut off Anticipated power shutoff start time Restoration date (est.)

10/21/19
10/22/19 – Kern

10/23/19
10/24/19 – Kern and San Mateo

To be announced

To be announced

County Cities Total customers impacted (est.) Medical Baseline customers impacted (est.) Total customers restored (est.)

Alpine

Unincorporated areas

Original: 66
Revised: 634

Original: 0
Revised: 1

To be announced

Amador

Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, Volcano

Original: 13,186
Revised: 10,420

Original: 661
Revised: 567

To be announced

Butte

Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Hurleton, Magalia, East Oroville, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Paradise Pines, Rackerby, Stirling City, Yankee Hill

Original: 23,451
Revised: 17,912

Original: 1,762
Revised: 1,339

To be announced

Calaveras

Arnold, Avery, Camp Connell, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, Sheep Ranch, Tamarack, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville

Original: 14,852
Revised: 14,829

Original: 449
Revised: 447

To be announced

El Dorado

Aukum, Cameron Park, Canyon, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Twin Bridges

Original: 39,673
Revised: 39,786

Original: 1,909
Revised: 1,917

To be announced

Kern

Arvin, Bakersfield, Lebec

75

0

To be announced

Lake

Cobb, Loch Lomond, Middletown, Kelseyville

Original: 1,895
Revised: 1,889

65

To be announced

Mendocino

Comminsky Station, Potter Valley, Yorkville

Original: 862
Revised: 158

Original: 30
Revised: 2

To be announced

Napa

Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, St Helena

7,533

140

To be announced

Nevada

Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Emigrant Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough And Ready, Smartville, Washington

42,401

1,814

To be announced

Placer

Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Sheridan, Weimar, Christian Valley, Unincorporated areas of Placer County North and West of Lincoln

Original: 18,665
Revised: 16,994

Original: 813
Revised: 745

To be announced

Plumas

La Porte

344

2

To be announced

San Mateo

La Honda, Woodside, unincorporated San Mateo County

907

15

To be announced

Sierra

Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike, Sierra City

1,160

14

To be announced

Sonoma

Annapolis, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor

Original: 28,460
Revised: 27,824

Original: 927
Revised: 909

To be announced

Yuba

Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins,  Loma Rica, Oregon House, Rackerby Smartsville, Strawberry Valley, Wheatland

Original: 7,474
Revised: 5,504

Original: 447
Revised: 312

To be announced

Community Resource Centers
To support customers in the impacted counties, PG&E has opened Community Resource Centers in multiple locations. Please note opening and closing dates of each center, below.The centers open at 8 a.m. and remain open during hours noted below. They provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating. Mobile resource stations (vans), when available, will provide bottled water, phone-charging and latest information for customers.
Location Opening date Closing date Hours

Amador County
Mace Meadows Golf Course
26570 Fairway Drive
Pioneer

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Amador County
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish
11361 Prospect Drive
Jackson

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Butte County
Costco – Butte
2100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Chico

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Butte County
Strip mall
14144 Lakeridge Court
Magalia

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Butte County
Bird Street School
1421 Bird Street
Oroville

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Calaveras County
Meadowmont Shopping Center
2182 Highway 4
Arnold

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Calaveras County
Black Bart Players
580 South Algiers Street
Murphys

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

El Dorado County
Knotty Pine Lanes
2667 Sanders Drive, #1
Pollock Pines

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lake County
Konocti Vista Casino
2755 Mission Rancheria Road
Lakeport

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Napa County
Napa County Fairgrounds
1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Nevada County
Sierra College Grass Valley
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Nevada County
Penn Valley Community Church
11739 Spenceville Road
Penn Valley

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Placer County
Gold Country Fairgrounds
209 Fairgate Road
Auburn

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sonoma County
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
1351 Maple Avenue
Santa Rosa

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sonoma County
Hanna Boys Center
17000 Arnold Drive
Sonoma

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Yuba County
Alcouffe Center
9185 Marysville Road
Oregon House

10/24/19

To be announced

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

October 22, 2019 at 5:29 PM

A brief summary from PG&E’s briefing:

They expect the wind event to be weaker than the Oct. 9 and 10 event.

198,000 customers across 16 counties could be affected.

For the Sierra Foothills, the strongest winds are expected at approx 5 pm on Wednesday. the shutoff will be starting at 2 pm if they make the decision.
North Bay peak wind at 5 pm shutoff at 3 pm
Kern and San Mateo, 1 am on Thursday morning

The all clear from the wind event is expected by noon on Thursday, then inspections with helicopters and ground line crews will take place and restoration begins.

October 22, 2019 at 4:21 PM The PG&E lookup tool appears to be working now.

October 22, 2019 at 3:24 PM

There appears to be a discrepancy between PG&E’s address lookup tool and the maps issued by PG&E. We have reached out to several contacts at the corporation in an attempt to clear this up. For now, err on the side of caution and expect power to be shut off starting at 2:00 pm on Wednesday if you live in western Nevada County.

October 22, 2019 at 3:24 PM

Nevada County OES update: PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 until Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 12:00 P.M affecting much of Western Nevada County. If fire weather conditions persist, PG&E may shut power off beginning at 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

October 22, 2019 at 2:37 PM

Nevada County Public Health: Be Prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff. While it is understood that PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) measures are intended to protect communities from the threat of equipment-related wildfires, Nevada County Public Health recognizes that these measures may cause other negative public health and safety threats, especially to those who rely on power for life-sustaining equipment, treatments and mobility and those with chronic medical conditions. Read more here.

October 22, 2019 at 1:49 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 8 AM Wednesday to 4 PM PDT Thursday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

AFFECTED AREA: The northern Coastal Range and foothills, the Sacramento Valley, portions of the northern San Joaquin Valley, and the Northern Sierra Nevada and foothills below 7000 feet.

WIND: North to northeast wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph, locally higher in canyons and exposed ridges.

HUMIDITY: Daytime minimum humidities mainly in the teens with poor overnight recoveries from the teens to 30 percent Wednesday night.

IMPACTS: Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

October 22, 2019 at 9:46 AM

NWS update: A strong north wind event is forecast Wednesday into Thursday with extremely low humidities and poor overnight recoveries, creating critical fire weather conditions. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Wednesday morning – Thursday afternoon. North winds increase during the day on Wednesday over the west side of the Valley, then stronger north to northeast winds Wednesday night into Thursday morning for the Coastal Range, northeast foothills, and northern Sierra Nevada. Winds decrease slightly throughout the day Thursday, but extremely dry conditions will remain through Friday. Daytime temperatures will be 7-15 degrees above normal through Friday, which will enhance dry conditions across the area. Another round of dry northerly winds is possible Sunday through early next week, though confidence is low at this time.

October 22, 2019 at 7:48 AM
At this time, the PG&E website appears to be unreachable.

October 22, 2019 at 7:30 AM

No update from PG&E yet.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento forecasts that gusty northerly winds will return to portions of interior NorCal on Wednesday and continue into Thursday.

October 21, 2019 at 10:38 PM Updated estimate of PG&E customers affected by the possible PSPS

Date announced: 10/21/19
Power shutoff date (est): 10/23/19
Power shutoff time (est): TBD

County: Alpine
Cities: Unincorporated areas
Total customers impacted (est): 66
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 661
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Amador
Cities: Amador City, Fiddletown, Jackson, Martell, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, Volcano
Total customers impacted (est): 13,186
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 661
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Butte
Cities: Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Hurleton, Magalia, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Paradise Pines, Rackerby, Stirling City, Yankee Hill
Total customers impacted (est): 23,451
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 1,762
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Calaveras
Cities: Angels Camp, Arnold, Avery, Camp Connell, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, Vallecito, Valley Springs, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville
Total customers impacted (est): 14,852
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 449
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: El Dorado
Cities: Aukum, Cameron Park, Canyon, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Twin Bridges
Total customers impacted (est): 39,673
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 1,909
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Lake
Cities: Cobb, Loch Lomond, Middletown
Total customers impacted (est): 1,895
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 65
Restoration date (est): To be announced

County: Mendocino
Cities: Hopland, Potter Valley, Yorkville
Total customers impacted (est): 862
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 30
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Napa
Cities: Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, St Helena, Yountville
Total customers impacted (est): 7,533
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 140
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Nevada
Cities: Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough And Ready, Soda Springs, Washington
Total customers impacted (est): 42,401
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 1,814
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Placer
Cities: Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Rocklin, Sheridan, Weimar, Christian Valley
Total customers impacted (est): 18,665
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 813
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Plumas
Cities: Belden, Bucks Lake, Caribou, La Porte, Storrie, Tobin
Total customers impacted (est): 344
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 2
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: San Mateo
Cities: Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Rackerby, Redwood City, San Gregorio, Woodside
Total customers impacted (est): 907
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 15
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Sierra
Cities: Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike, Sierra City
Total customers impacted (est): 1,160
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 14
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Sonoma
Cities: Annapolis, Boyes Hot Springs, Cloverdale, Fulton, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor
Total customers impacted (est): 28,460
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 927
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Sutter
Cities: Pleasant Grove, Rio Oso
Total customers impacted (est): 229
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 4
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

County: Yuba
Cities: Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Marysville, Oregon House, Smartsville, Strawberry Valley, Wheatland
Total customers impacted (est): 7,474
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): 447
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced

October 21, 2019 at 4:44 PM PG&E Update

Since yesterday, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)’s emergency operations center has been open and teams have been monitoring a dry, offshore wind event. This afternoon, the company began its 48-hour advance notifications to customers that it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on late Wednesday evening.

The potential safety shutoff is planned for varying start times depending on location beginning Wednesday evening and is expected to affect approximately 209,000 customers and may impact portions of 15 counties in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay, including Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Sierra, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba.

Customer notifications via text, email and automated phone call began this afternoon, approximately 48 hours prior to the potential de-energization. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible. A primary focus will be given to those customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

Reason for PSPS

The sole purpose of a PSPS event is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire ignitions. Windy conditions, like those being forecast later in the week, increase the potential for damage and hazards to the electric infrastructure, which could cause sparks if lines are energized. These conditions also increase the potential for rapid fire spread.

PG&E’s meteorological and operations teams continue to monitor weather models that show potential strong and dry offshore wind gusts that may exceed 55 mph late Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon for portions of the Sierra Foothills. Gusts of 35-45 mph have been forecast for some North Bay counties, with some localized areas expected to experience 55 mph gusts.

State officials classify more than half of PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California as having a high fire threat, given dry grasses and the high volume of dead and dying trees. The state’s high-risk areas have tripled in size in seven years.

“The sole purpose of PSPS is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities. We know that sustained winds above 45 mph are known to cause damage to the lower-voltage distribution system and winds above 50 mph are known to cause damage to higher-voltage transmission equipment. As we saw in the last PSPS event, we had more than 100 instances of serious damage and hazard on our distribution and transmission lines from wind gusts of this strength,” said Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, PG&E Electric Operations.

Counties Potentially Impacted

County Customers Cities
Amador Total: 13,131

Medical Baseline: 661

Amador City, Fiddletown, Jackson, Martell, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, Volcano
Butte Total: 23,452

Medical Baseline: 1,762

Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Butte Valley, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Hurleton, Magalia, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Paradise Pines, Rackerby, Stirling City, Yankee Hill
Calaveras Total: 14,586

Medical Baseline: 449

Angels Camp, Arnold, Avery, Camp Connell, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, Vallecito, Valley Springs, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville
El Dorado Total: 39,786

Medical Baseline: 1,917

Aukum, Cameron Park, Canyon, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Twin Bridges
Lake Total: 1,895

Medical Baseline: 65

Cobb, Kelseyville, Loch Lomond, Middletown, Upper Lake
Mendocino Total: 862

Medical Baseline: 30

Fort Bragg, Hopland, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Ukiah, Yorkville
Napa Total: 9,623

Medical Baseline: 206

Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, St Helena, Yountville
Nevada Total: 37,098

Medical Baseline: 1,630

Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough And Ready, Soda Springs, Washington
Placer Total: 18,773

Medical Baseline: 820

Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Rocklin, Sheridan, Weimar, Christian Valley
Plumas Total: 785

Medical Baseline: 6

Belden, Bucks Lake, La Porte, Quincy, Storrie, Tobin, Twain
San Mateo Total: 6,462

Medical Baseline: 104

Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Rackerby, Redwood City, San Gregorio, Woodside
Sierra Total: 1,160

Medical Baseline: 14

Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike, Sierra City
Sonoma Total: 33,613

Medical Baseline: 1,082

Annapolis, Boyes Hot Springs, Cloverdale, Fulton, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor
Sutter Total: 229

Medical Baseline: 4

Pleasant Grove, Rio Oso
Yuba Total: 7,474

Medical Baseline: 447

Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Marysville, Oregon House, Smartsville, Strawberry Valley, Wheatland

 

Improvements Since the Last PSPS

A number of improvements have been implemented since the the last PSPS event on October 9-12. For example:

  • For this event, customers visiting the pge.com website are being redirected to a special, strength-tested site that can accommodate high volumes of traffic. The temporary site provides address lookup for affected customers, Community Resource Center locations as they become available, and other PSPS event-related information. During this time, online services such as energy bill payment, will be unavailable until after power has been restored.
  • In addition, the company’s contact center will be better able to manage increased call volume due to the event and is prioritizing emergency, outage and PSPS-related inquiries. All other normal business inquiries for topics such as bill payment, account balances, appointments, and starting or stopping service will be able to use the self-service option or will be asked to call after the PSPS period.
  • On Wednesday, Community Resource Centers will be opened across the affected areas to provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating. The centers will be accessible to customers with functional needs and will be staffed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. until the areas are fully restored to power. Locations will be posted on the event website, accessible via pge.com.
  • The company is working to strengthen coordination with government agencies, in particular the counties, cities, and tribal governments in its service area. It has established a single point of contact for each county and now has a dedicated agency helpline monitored 24/7 for special requests from counties and tribes.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Criteria

No single factor drives a Public Safety Power Shutoff, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:

  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and observations from PG&E field crews

How Customers Can Prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected by a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions. This PSPS event is expected to be smaller in scope than the Oct. 9-12 PSPS.

October 21, 2019 at 4:28 PM Fire Weather Watch in effect from late Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon for low humidity and gusty wind.

October 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM PG&E Update

Weather conditions, including potential fire risk, have been forecast that may impact electric service to portions of our service area.

If a decision is made to turn off power, we expect to start turning off power for safety as outlined below.

If you live in these communities, PG&E will attempt to contact you via telephone, text and email.

Please check back for the latest information as the area and number of customers impacted are updated as weather conditions change.

Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours.

For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days.

Date announced: 10/20/19
Power shutoff date (est): 10/22/19
Power shutoff time (est): TBD
Restoration date (est): To be announced
Restoration time (est): To be announced
County: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba
Cities: TBD
Total customers impacted (est): To be announced
Medical Baseline Customers impacted (est): To be announced

HOW WILL PG&E DETERMINE THE NEED TO TURN OFF POWER FOR SAFETY?

No single factor drives a Public Safety Power Shutoff, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:

     – A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service

     – Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below

     – Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate

     – Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)

     – On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and field crews

Importantly, while we monitor and take into consideration Red Flag Warnings issued from the National Weather Service, the issuance of a Red Flag Warning does not automatically trigger a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

WHY WOULD POWER BE SHUT OFF IN A COMMUNITY NOT EXPERIENCING HIGH WINDS?

Predictions of strong winds are one of several criteria that we consider when deciding to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff, along with other factors like predictions of very low humidity levels combined with critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations.

Although you may not live or work in a high fire-threat area, or an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off if your community relies upon a line that runs through an area experiencing gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IN ADVANCE IF MY ADDRESS IS IMPACTED?

The most likely electric lines to be considered for a public safety power outage will be those that pass through areas that have been designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District map at elevated (Tier 2) or extreme risk (Tier 3) for wildfire. Customers outside of these areas could have their power shut off, though, if their community relies upon a line that passes through a high fire-threat area. We want all of our customers to be prepared for possible public safety power outages. Please use these tips and tools to find out if you’ll be affected:

     – Use our PSPS planning tools. When PG&E announces that a PSPS may or will occur, you can find out in advance if your address will be affected by visiting our Potential PSPS Address-Lookup Tool.

IMPORTANT: The Potential PSPS Address-Lookup Tool is useful before a PSPS only. It’s meant to help you determine whether you need to prepare for outage. Once a PSPS event is in progress and the power is out, you would use the outage map for information.

     – Update your contact information. When possible, we send alerts to PG&E customers in advance of and during a PSPS. Learn more below under “How will PG&E provide PSPS updates? Update your contact information: 1-866-743-6589.

     – Contact your landlord or property manager. If your landlord or property manager is the PG&E account holder for your address, they will receive notifications on your behalf. We encourage you to contact them to confirm they know how to reach you.

     – Follow your local news and social media. We post PSPS updates on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Your local news outlet will also report the latest PSPS information.

HOW WILL PG&E PROVIDE PSPS UPDATES?

PG&E remains committed to providing notice to customers in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff, when possible. The company’s goal, dependent on weather, is to send customer alerts prior to shutting off power. PG&E will do so through automated calls, texts and emails. We will also alert customers via social media channels, and keep local news and radio outlets informed and updated.

The cadence and frequency of notifications will depend on the forecasted gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, and how quickly those threats change, among other factors.

If your landlord or property manager is the PG&E account holder for your address, they will receive notifications on your behalf. We encourage you to contact them to confirm they know how to reach you.

ARE MEDICAL BASELINE CUSTOMERS OR THOSE WITH SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS  IMPACTED BY A PSPS?

Yes. Without exception, all customers in the areas affected have their power shut off. Emergency facilities such as hospitals and fire and police stations typically use generators to remain open.

This Public Safety Power Shutoff could last for several days. If you have special medical needs that require electricity, take these steps:

     – Make sure we have your current contact information. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts and emails, when possible, prior to and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Or, update your contact information by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.

     – Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.

     – If you have a generator or other electric backup power, we encourage you to do a safety check and make sure you have enough fuel to last a few days.

     – Keep emergency numbers handy and know of a backup location you can go to, if necessary.

     – Check with local authorities regarding available resources.

     – Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a family member experiences a medical emergency.

WHAT CAN I DO TO BE PREPARED FOR AN OUTAGE?

As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

     – Update your contact information by signing in to your online account or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert you through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

     – Contact your landlord or property manager. If your landlord or property manager is the PG&E account holder for your address, they will receive notifications on your behalf. We encourage you to contact them to confirm they know how to reach you.

     – Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.

     – Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency contacts, such as numbers of hospitals, fire departments, police, friends and relatives.

     – Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.

     – Keep in mind the needs of the elderly and young children and pets.

     – Know how to manually open garage doors.

     – Make sure smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are ready.

     – Keep emergency food and water on hand.

     – Use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire.

     – Unplug or turn off all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored.

WHAT STEPS ARE TAKEN TO RESTORE POWER AFTER A PSPS?

After the weather has passed and it is safe to do so, our crews will work to visually inspect each mile of the impacted power lines to ensure they are free from damage and safe to energize.

Inspections will take place during daylight hours and, in most cases, we expect to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after extreme weather has passed. However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, we suggest customers prepare for multiple-day outages.