PG&E meteorologists are monitoring a weather system that could bring northerly winds to portions of Northern and Central California beginning Saturday morning (Oct. 22) and lasting into Monday. Due to this northerly wind event, combined with extreme to exceptional drought and extremely dry vegetation, PG&E is sending two-day-ahead advanced notifications to about 5,800 customers in targeted portions of 13 counties and two tribal communities where PG&E may need to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized powerlines. In several of these counties, fewer than 100 customers are expected to be impacted.
- Butte: 431 customers, 32 Medical Baseline customers
- Colusa: 559 customers, 37 Medical Baseline customers
- Fresno: 92 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
- Glenn: 365 customers, 22 Medical Baseline customers
- Kern: 595 customers, 36 Medical Baseline customers
- Lake: 59 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers
- Napa: 85 customers, 6 Medical Baseline customers
- San Benito: 2 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
- Shasta: 268 customers, 22 Medical Baseline customers
- Sonoma: 3 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
- Stanislaus: 29 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
- Tehama: 3,159 customers, 297 Medical Baseline customers
- Yolo: 99 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
- Other: 5 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
Potential affected tribal areas:
- Grindstone Rancheria (Glenn County): 49 customers
- Cortina Rancheria (Colusa County): 8 customers
Despite the potential for rain in some areas this weekend, PG&E is notifying customers that a PSPS may be necessary if rain does not materialize or if forecasted wind speeds still pose a wildfire risk. The potential shutoffs could begin Saturday morning in portions of the North Sacramento Valley. Potential shutoffs for the San Joaquin Valley, other portions of the Sacramento Valley, North Bay as well as Kern County could begin Sunday, depending on the timing of the wind event.
Customer notifications via text, email and automated phone call began today, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff. Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at http://www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
If customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline do not verify that they have received these important safety communications, PG&E employees will conduct individual, in-person visits when possible with a primary focus on customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.
During a PSPS, PG&E offers support to customers by opening Community Resource Centers with snacks, water and other essential items, partnering with community-based organizations to assist customers with medical and independent living needs; and continuing to update our customers on power restoration status. Locations and operating hours of these centers will be shared closer to the PSPS event.
With the potential PSPS two days away, conditions may change. PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Hazard Awareness & Warning Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to closely monitor conditions. We will also keep you posted for any updates.