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Parts Of California Go Dark To Curb Wildfire Risk

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More than 1 million Californians are expected to be without power Wednesday as a days-long Public Safety Power Shutoff begins in an effort to curb the risk of wildfires.

Power was shut off to 513,000 northern California homes and businesses Wednesday morning, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) said according to USA Today. An additional 234,000 customers were set to lose power at noon California time and 42,000 more people could go dark, the outlet reported. The shutdown is precautionary and aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires.

High winds and hot, dry conditions in the state have brought on wildfire concerns, USA Today reported.

Parts of southern California could also go dark, bringing the total to around one million people without power. The shutdown follows a fire warning issued Tuesday by Cal Fire across most of the state.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event,” Michael Lewis, a senior vice president for PG&E, said according to USA Today. “We … appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire.”

The company was found responsible for numerous wildfires in the past, including the 2018 Paradise fire that killed 86 people, the New York Times reported. This preemptive move aims to reduce future wildfires.

PG&E’s website went down for many people Wednesday morning as power shut down, adding to the chaos. The specific page giving information on the outages appeared to be broken, the NYT reported.

The shutdown will last through most of Thursday and some areas could be without power for even longer. Turning the power back on could take up to five days according to the NYT.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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7 Comments
  • Russell Decker says:

    California is not trying to abate fire, they are once again using an eco terrorism tactic to distract the public from the political crimes that the California Democrats are engaged in in Washington DC.. They did a similar thing when they torched the Forrest’s in California before the Mid Terms to cover up the public knowledge of the democrats horrendous voter fraud scam. They are no Institutions in California that can be trusted… They are seditionists, socialists, and criminal traitors.

  • Kilroy was here says:

    There is over 100,000+ customers affected.
    Here in SoCal, part of my area is also affected here in Riverside county.

    Over a million of us Californians are now bitching to Sacramento about the lack of maintenance and forethought about PGE & SCE..
    ….Having to deal with them bending over and kissing the ass of their investors, unfunded pensions,and unions.

    Why weren’t these services placed underground,or hardened IF they KNEW BEFOREHAND WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!

    WHAT ABOUT SOME THAT RELY ON MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, OR ARE DIABETIC THAT NEED TO KEEP MEDS COLD, OR THOSE WHO NEED O2 GENERATORS!!!

    PGE filed for bankruptcy, to pay for the damages,and all the deaths THEY were responsible for!
    Sacramento needs to get their HEAD OUT OF THEIR ASSES!

    NEWSOM IS A WORTHLESS JOKE, NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THE SITUATION.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Only if winds high enough to rate shut down, Thurs AM PST So CA No winds this, & light breezes PM Wed .
    Like to know what speeds of wind they would shut down power

  • jc says:

    Lots of us citizens, moving out of California.

  • v marks says:

    so now, people will be lighting candles and having fires outside.how does this lessen the risk?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    What does it cost to trim trees like we are supposed to? Lots!!

    What does it cost to turn off the power? Nothing.

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