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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on Friday said it will cut the electricity for roughly 1,600 customers in parts of Northern California that were considered “areas of extreme fire risk.”

    The company unveiled its plan on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], saying that it would start “proactively turning off power” around 6 a.m. on Saturday in parts of Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. The outage is expected to last at least through Saturday afternoon, the company said.

    The maneuver was part of a public safety power shutoff intended to “help reduce the risk of wildfire” and ensure the safety of both people and building structures, according to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Following through on its plan, PG&E on Saturday [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that it had cut the power in the aforementioned areas.

    The company on Friday said it was also keeping an eye on the weather in portions of the Sierra foothills, noting that “peak fire risk in these areas” was predicted from 9 p.m. Saturday through the following afternoon. Roughly 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties could potentially have their power turned off as well, PG&E said.

    The warning came as forecasters issued the year's first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco.

    “The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility," Michael Lewis, the senior vice president of Electric Operations at PG&E, said. "We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and our decision tonight to turn off power is to protect our communities experiencing extreme fire danger."

    When the threat of severe weather is over, the company said it’ll send out teams to inspect the power lines. The power should typically be turned back on within 24 to 48 hours but it could take longer depending on the circumstances, it said.
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that the Camp Fire that erupted in California last fall and became “the deadliest and most destructive” blaze in the state’s history was triggered by electrical transmission lines owned by PG&E.

    The Camp Fire — which ignited near Pulga, Calif. — killed 85 civilians and injured numerous firefighters.

    So I'm wondering, if they cut power to prevent wildfires and somehow a wildfire started anyway, how would those without electricity know to evacuate?
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    Published 4:00 p.m. PT June 6, 2019
    Sparks from a hammer being used to drive a stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became classified as the largest wildland fire in state history, officials said Thursday.
    The Ranch Fire started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by dry vegetation, strong winds and hot temperatures. An hour later, the River Fire — the cause of which is still under investigation — started nearby and the two eventually merged into the Mendocino Complex.
    The Ranch Fire started when a man was trying to plug the entrance of a wasp nest with a hammer and stake.

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    This comment says it all:

    PG&E may be responsible for the spark that started the Camp Fire but they are not responsible for the atrocious conitions of the forest which allowed it to spread. You can blame that on the environmentalists.

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    Wouldn't it be ironic if a fire broke out that was started from someone using a generator due to the power outage?

    kinda hard to charge up all those green cars with no power. Quite the conundrum.


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    I love California. They never miss a chance to shout themselves and liberalism in the foot.
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    That's rich ....... coming from New Jersey.
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    Since CA has had such a wet winter with record rainfall and snowpack, what are they doing to prevent another catastrophic fire season? All that moisture means the grass and vegetation will be growing great until the hot summer winds dry it all out - then what? Who will they blame this time?
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    Well, ya see? Performing timely preventative maintenence costs money. Its much less expensive to just kill power to rate payers. After all, PG&E is a monopoly. Watcha gonna do? Go to the competition?

    The abuse of power continues.
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    Clearing the forests is the State's job, not PG&E - they deal with their right of way, not the rest of it. And when you bankrupt them, who's going to pay? All of those teachers and other CalPers folks because their pension holds a lot of PG&E stock.

    Besides, PG&E is a well-regulated (some would say OVER regulated) monopoly overseen by the State utility folks
    So who's going to clear all of the dead vegetation come July and August? Well, CA has all of these illegal immigrants and overcrowded prisons - maybe they can put some of them to work
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    Maybe.

    And maybe PG&E will do its due diligence. They knew about their faulty (read as unmaintained) equipment that caused the fire that destroyed Paradise and killed 85 people months before they started the fire. They knew, for years, about their unmaintained gas main the blew up San Bruno and killed a man. They went so far as to falsify maintenence records to cover up their culpability.

    Nah, PG&E won't do its due diligence. That costs money and negatively effects their bottom line. Its cheaper to pay off corrupt politicians and state employees.
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    Nah, PG&E won't do its due diligence. That costs money and negatively effects their bottom line. Its cheaper to pay off corrupt politicians and state employees.[/QUOTE]

    This about the only thing that PG&E does on a steady basis.
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