SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) affecting about 21,000 customers in three counties across Northern California today. Those areas include portions of Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills. PG&E opened its Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 21, and has been monitoring the weather and the evolving situation. PG&E’s meteorological team continues to monitor weather forecasts hourly, and the company has hundreds of personnel ready to respond for inspections, repairs and restoration once the weather subsides.
Based on the current forecast, the PSPS impact footprint has been reduced to 21,000 in three counties in the Sierra foothills from an original forecast of 124,000 in nine counties in the Sierra foothills and the North Bay. No customers in the North Bay are expected to be affected by Monday’s PSPS, nor are customers in El Dorado, Placer and Sutter counties expected to be affected tonight.
PG&E will continue to monitor weather throughout the affected area and may take additional actions as necessary to keep customers and communities safe.
Late Monday Afternoon (Sept. 23) Event At approximately 5 p.m. today, PG&E expects to start turning off the power for safety to 21,000 customers in advance of windy, dry conditions forecasted to begin around sundown. It will take several hours to turn off customers in the affected footprint.
Elevated weather conditions, including potential fire risk, are forecasted to begin around 8 p.m. tonight, with peak fire risk forecasted to last until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
This PSPS is expected to affect about 21,000 customers in the three counties.