Pacific Gas and Electric has begun the Public Safety Power Shutoff that will affect an unprecedented 940,000 customers across California. Efforts to cut power began just before 5:00 p.m. after the wind event arrived late. PG&E had 6,000 personnel staged ahead of the shutoff to expedite restoration efforts when the “all clear” is given.
The utility will also use the fixed-wing aircraft acquired through their partnership with California Office of Emergency Services and California Highway Patrol. PG&E expects the “all clear” to come for the northern Sierra Foothills around 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28 and midnight for the southern Sierra Foothills, which won’t begin loosing power until midnight on Saturday.
Once the “all clear” is given, the utility anticipates having everyone restored within 48 hours, but noted damage to the lines could extend the time it takes to bring the lights back on. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts critical fire weather for 11 million people across California. PG&E also continued to take criticism over the accuracy of their website and alert notifications.
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.