PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff: What you need to know

PG&E says it could cut power in 30 counties to prevent fires

According to a PG&E press release published Monday morning, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for many regions in Northern California, leading it to consider "proactively turning off power for safety". Based on the weather forecast that calls for dry winds with gusts in some areas up to 45 miles per hour coupled with low humidity, hot temperatures and heavy fuel conditions (weed growth and dry vegetation), PG&E is prepared to pull the plug on power in areas where peak winds will start early Wednesday morning and last through mid-Thursday afternoon. These winds combined with low humidity values will yield critical fire weather conditions over interior Mendocino County, southern Trinity County, and southeastern Humboldt County.

Due to significantly windy weather conditions and high fire risk, PG&E has announced a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incident that is expected to affect up to 29 California counties, including San Mateo County. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California.

Mountain View, Santa Clara and most of San Jose were outside of PG&E's affected zones as of late Tuesday morning.

In Stanislaus County, Oakdale, Riverbank and Knights Ferry are all in the potential impact area, while Farmington and Stockton in San Joaquin County are also on the list.

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

Update your contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

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"42,374 Kern County PG&E customers may lose power as a result of this weather event".

· Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

Temperatures in Sacramento are expected to be in the mid 50's overnight and mid 70's during the daytime Wednesday, which would be slightly warmer than conditions before the Camp Fire broke out last November.

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

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

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