SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it will shut off power to some 1,600 customers in Northern California on Saturday and potentially prevent thousands more from reducing the risk of forest fires.
The power company announced Friday night Starting Saturday morning, customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo west of Sacramento will be disconnected from the grid.
The utility company said they would monitor the conditions in parts of the Sierra promontory from Saturday night to Sunday when they arrive at peak fire risk. The company announced that it could decide to save 30,000 customers in the counties of Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer.
This includes parts of Paradise where wildfire destroyed nearly 15,000 homes last year.
The Alert When forecasters issued the first warning of the year from high fire risk due to high winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in parts of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco.
After the failure, power lines and PG & E devices were blamed for this. In previous fires, the utility was under tremendous pressure for another lethal To avoid fire.
In response to lawsuits from insurance companies and victims of forest fires, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and replaced many of its leading companies The country's most devastating forest fires occurred in the past two years.
"The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our primary responsibility, we know how much our customers have. Customers rely on the power supply, and our decision today to turn off the power supply protects ours Municipalities exposed to extreme fire hazards, "said Michael Lewis, PG & E.'s Senior Vice President of Electric Operations
The utility company said there were several factors to consider when determining whether to turn off the power for safety reasons , These include periods of excessive winds and low humidity, where the vegetation dries up and easily ignites.
State firefighters said grass and shrubs in the valley and foothills dried despite an unusually rainy spring.
"Moisture remained at" Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety. "The warning is valid until 17:00 Sunday.
As soon as the power is turned off, the crews of PG & E will de-energize all cables This process can cause the lights to go out even after conditions have improved for days.
Preventive Failures May Be Impractical Last week, state regulators approved that utilities shut down power When the Fire Hazard Is Extremely High According to the California Public Utilities Commission, utility companies need to educate and educate the public, especially those with disabilities and other vulnerable people, and take preventative measures such as brush removal and installation strengthen fireproof masts.