Smokey

Smokey skies as PSPS continues, affecting 946,000 PG&E customers.

Pacific Gas and Electric announced Sunday, October 27 that it is monitoring another potentially widespread, strong and dry wind event forecasted for Tuesday, October 29 in the morning through noon on Wednesday, October 30 for Northern California. The weather system may also impact Kern County late Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

The event will likely affect approximately 32 counties across the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County. The event could trigger another Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Northern Operative Predictive Services has issued a high risk warning of significant fires for much of PG&E’s service area. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Geographic Area Coordination Center is also forecasting significant fire potential across Northern California beginning on Tuesday.

Counties that may be impacted include Amador, Calaveras, Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

PG&E urged customers to be prepared for potential outages due to equipment damage, hazards and continuously evolving weather. The utility also stated it will attempt to restore power to as many customers as possible who are currently affected by the October 26 PSPS. 

However, due to weather conditions and high fire risk, some customers who are currently out of power may remain out throughout the next potential PSPS event. Those who able to have their power restored between events are urged to use the opportunity to charge medical equipment, phones and other electronic devices and restock emergency kits.

Some customers may continue to be impacted by the PSPS, but the company stated others may experience power outages due to weather damage to the electric system.PG&E will continue to monitor weather conditions and additional information will be released when it comes available.

Customer Resource Centers are located at Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive in Pioneer , Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson , for Amador County. Calaveras has CRCs at Black Bart Players, 580 South Algiers Street in Murphys; Meadowmont Shopping Center, 2182 Highway 4 in Arnold; and at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3322, 202 Spink Road in West Point.