Pacific Gas and Electric announced in its last press conference Thursday night that 6,700 remain off as of 5:00 p.m. Personnel remain in the field inspecting lines and repairing lines before power can be turned back on for many of those affected by recent Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Some, affected by the Kincade Fire, will remain off until Cal Fire gives the "ok."
The utility stated there were 156 instances of damage found so far - debris in lines, trees down and other vegetation in lines. Incident Commander Mark Quinlan stated the company expects to find more before the inspections and patrols are completed. Officials once again stressed the PSPS events were for no other reason than safety.
PG&E Company President and CEO Bill Johnson pointed to the number of damages found during the inspections as evidence of potentially catastrophic wildfires. He also fielded questions from the public regarding all those who lost groceries during the PSPS events, specifically one regarding those who already have a hardship while the power is on due to limited finances who now have to replace everything in their fridge.
"These events can be hard on people, really hard on people. Particularly people who have struggles anyways," said Johnson. "You know there are community based things, food banks, these kind of things. But for us, the main thing is, we didn't cause any fires. For these people we didn't burn down any houses. The Kincade Fire is still under investigation, I got that, but one of the things we did was give them the opportunity to actually refill their refrigerators because their house is still there."