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PG&E Warning More ‘Public Safety Power Shutoffs’ in Northern CA

None of the nine Bay Area counties are included

By Katy Grimes, October 9, 2020 9:03 am

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Thursday that “Public Safety Power Shutoffs” would take place Sunday and Monday in northern California and Sierra foothills.

However, not one of the nine Bay Area counties are included, MSN reported, despite that CalFire reports that the Glass Fire in Napa County is still “active,” with 67,484 Acres destroyed, 280 structures damaged, 1,545 structures destroyed, and only 74% containment.

PG&E explains: “A warming and drying trend will then commence next week as high pressure builds across California. This pattern could also lead to the development of offshore winds around the middle of next week and will be monitored closely. Although the cooler weather and potential for precipitation this weekend will allow fuels to recover some moisture, fuels are expected to quickly dry out once warmer conditions return next week. Fire danger remains seasonably high.”

PG&E Power Shutoff map. (PGE.com)

What is interesting about this is the excessive caution PG&E currently exhibits whenever winds are predicted.

However, and perhaps even more interesting is how PG&E currently mitigates hazards near their power lines.

Recently PG&E cut several trees down on my property in El Dorado County (below). These trees had been marked for removal because PG&E deemed them too close to their transmission lines.

But, PG&E left the downed trees on my property. They used to remove the downed trees so as not to contribute to the excess vegetation in the forest. Now they are contributing to it, despite taking measures to prevent transmission lines from being downed by trees.

Trees downed by PG&E in El Dorado County. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
Trees downed by PG&E in El Dorado County. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)









PG&E’s map allows you to type in a location and see how windy it is.

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

According to PG&E, “High temperatures, extreme dryness and record-high winds have created conditions in our state where any spark at the wrong time and place can lead to a major wildfire. If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).”

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7 thoughts on “PG&E Warning More ‘Public Safety Power Shutoffs’ in Northern CA

  1. This absolutely unacceptable state of affairs isn’t going to get better, folks, it will only get worse, year after year after year, if we don’t get serious about kicking these mega-majority Dem state office-holders and legislators OUT OF POWER. Obviously do not vote for destructive and insane Democrats and also, for good measure, get started on Recall Newsom-lini:
    Download the petition, print it out, read and follow the directions, sign it and send it in to the address at the bottom of the page.

    1. @Showandtell
      Spot on Showandtell. And if you can put a recall yard sign in the front yard. I’ve had one on my front yard for two months and no one has tried to take it down and I live in a liberal neighborhood.

      1. Wow, that is GOOD NEWS, John the Patriot! No one has removed your Recall Newsom sign in a liberal neighborhood? That is a good indicator of what might be happening in California and a real shot in the arm.
        Thanks so much for posting it!

  2. have you talked to a liberal lately? They believe everything the gov says. these fires are caused by climate change, not neglect of forest management and neglect of power grid infrastructure. that’s why YOU should stop consuming and stop driving.

  3. When PG&E crews remove trees on my road they often times come back later to haul off the logs. That hardwood will make good firewood and it is not flammable when it is green. It would take a few years for those logs to dry before you could burn it.

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