PG&E Wildfire Safety Alerts

PG&E Wildfire Safety Alerts 

PG&E has alerted customers across Northern California about a new policy that will cut electricity to certain neighborhoods during extreme fire weather conditions.  The Wildfire Safety Alerts went out to homeowners in high wildfire threat areas to notify them of the policy.  Those areas include Amador County through El Dorado Hills and up through Placer County.  It also includes large swaths of Napa and Sonoma counties.
Customers were told to be “prepared” for when the alerts go into effect and the power could be abruptly cut off.  PG&E is talking about using these pre-emptive power outages specifically during the threat of wildfires like the ones that destroyed nearly a quarter of a million acres in the north bay last October. PG&E spokesman Matt Naumann says this is something the utility would do as a last resort, adding that the intention is to give customers a 48-hour notice that this might be coming, come back again at 24 hours that it might be coming and tell them officially that it’s going to happen about 4 to 6 hours ahead of time.  PG&E urges customers to keep their contact information up to date for emergency texts, emails, and phone calls in order to be notified of any planned outages. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s Cal Fire report that tied PG&E to a dozen of the Wine Country wildfires.  That conclusion opened PG&E to lawsuits and potential damages in the billions of dollars.

Written by KVGC Staff

 

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