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PG&E reduces power shutoffs to 39,000 customers | Update

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Central Valley and Foothills regions, making power shutoffs even more likely this week.

7 p.m. update:

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. -- PG&E officials said in a Thursday news conference they were able to reduce the customers impacted by power shutoffs to about 39,000. 

Currently, 32,000 customers remain without power.  

Initially, PG&E planned to turn the power off to about 52,000 customers. Officials are expecting to restore power to about 2,000 customers by the end of the day. 

Officials also said an all-clear to check electrical equipment for damages should be issued Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The weather should be fair starting midday on Friday, officials said.

Original story: 

Parts of the Sacramento Valley could be affected by power shutoffs starting Wednesday evening and extending into Friday of this week. 

PG&E is currently in a 'Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch' for 24 counties in Northern California, including Butte, El Dorado, Placer, Solano and Yuba counties, due to high winds.

Roughly 42,590 customers are estimated to be affected by the potential outages in the Sierra Foothills and Sacramento Valley. Here is how many customers in some counties could potentially be impacted by PG&E's latest round of power shutoffs: 

  • Butte: 11,315
  • Calaveras: 262
  • El Dorado: 1,654
  • Nevada: 224
  • Placer: 389
  • Plumas: 1,855
  • Sierra: 1,052
  • Solano: 871
  • Yuba: 1,841

Other counties that will also possibly be impacted have recently faced a spat of wildfires in their area. Counties like Shasta and Tehama were the epicenter the deadly Zogg Fire

Cal Fire has since seized PG&E equipment as it investigates the cause of the wildfire which claimed the lives of four individuals, including an eight-year-old child. In Shasta, PG&E estimates 4,697 customers could be affected. In Tehama County, that number is 1,230 customers.  

PG&E Resources:

PG&E could shut off power due to high winds which, along with very dry fuel at this point in the season, will bring a higher fire concern. A Red Flag Warning was put into effect this morning for the Central Valley and Foothills, as well as for the greater Bay Area region.

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