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Calistoga Mayor, Fire Chiefs say power outages were unnecessary in response to high fire hazards



CALISTOGA, California (KGO) –

How quickly do we realize that we are habit animals when electricity disappears. Traffic lights do not work. Gas stations do not pump. The list goes on. In Calistoga and other parts of Napa, Lake and Sonoma Counties, residents are familiar with all these issues and more after PG & E pulled the plug last night in response to a high fire risk.

"Yeah, it blew pretty hard last night," said Nancy Shadd of Calistoga.

PG & E says winds have shot at 70 mph in the hills above – cutting power to transmission lines has reduced risk.

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"It's in the name of safety." We would only do this as a last resort, "explained Deanna Contreras, who works for PG & E speaks.

In Calistoga contradicted the mayor and fire chief. "I think it had a good value in the preplanning, but based on the weather, I do not think it was necessary," said Fire Chief Steve Campbell.

"Overall, we love PG & E, but there has to be a better way," said Mayor Chris Canning, who had been calling PG & E hours today, waiting for the power supply to return.

Only, PG & E said, after crews had inspected 78 miles of transmission lines and 2,1

50 miles of distribution in 12 countries.

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Meanwhile, Calistoga was waiting for the tourist town – From fine restaurants with empty tables, their food is on hold, to Ireneo Fernandez, spoiling his to watch small grocery store. "I'm pretty sure there will be losses," he said.

PG & E says that it has no financial responsibility.

"We understand how frustrating it is, but can not expect to reimburse customers for losses," Contreras said.

The failures have caused some school closures in Lake and Napa counties.

To find out if you are in an affected area, click here.

The following is a complete list of counties and cities that may suffer some outages, according to PG & E:

  • Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
  • Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, St Helena)
  • Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)
  • Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley) [1 9659018] Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek [Clip] [Sierra] [Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyear's Bar, Pike City, Sierra City]
  • Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Ferry Falls, Forbestown, Oroville) Colfax, Dutch dwelling, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
  • Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City (North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
  • El Dorado County (Aukum Greenland, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, Eldorado, Fairplay, Garden Valley, Georgetown Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
  • Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
  • Plumas County (La Porte)
  • Calaveras Gle Ncoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Railroad Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)
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