PG&E Public Safety Power Shut-offs take effect |

PG&E Public Safety Power Shut-offs take effect

A wind event forecast for the Northern and Central Sierra Nevada has prompted PG&E to warn of potential Public Safety Power Shut-offs for thousands of its customers Monday and Tuesday.

Wind gusts are forecasted to reach up to 30 mph in Grass Valley.

“Best chances for gusts will be after 4 a.m. Tuesday and continue through the morning and into the afternoon,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Cory Mueller said.

In Nevada County, Grass Valley and Nevada City, as well as the communities of Peardale, Chicago Park and the San Juan Ridge are expected to be impacted by the shut-off, according to the PG&E future outage map.

“We just updated the Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning,” Mueller said Sunday. “It goes into effect Monday night at 10 p.m. and will continue Wednesday morning through 8 a.m.

“The stronger winds will be to the north of (Grass Valley) and down in the (Central) valley. You will see some fairly windy conditions for Grass Valley.”

For updates regarding the PSPS, or to enter a specific address into the outage map, visit; or call 1-800-743-5002.

Smoke from the Creek Fire, burning in Madera and Fresno counties, shrouded much of Nevada County from the potentially record-breaking heat of the sun Sunday and Monday. High temperatures Sunday reached the century mark, with the previous record for that day set at 101 degrees in Grass Valley, according to records dating back to 1966.

“The smoke is definitely having an impact on some of the temperatures,” Mueller said.

Grass Valley was forecasted to reach a high of 102 degrees Monday.

Elsewhere, early Sunday evening saw Sacramento beat its previous record by four degrees with a new high of 109. According to the Associated Press, temperatures reached a record 121 degrees in the Los Angeles area, while temps also soared to 115 degrees in Phoenix and 114 degrees in Las Vegas, both records for the month of September.

Heat is the top weather-related cause of death in the United States, the Associated Press reported. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more people are killed on average by heat than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.

The CDC notes that community cooling centers help protect the public during heat emergencies, but this summer they also increased the risk of coronavirus by gathering groups of at-risk people.

According to Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, local cooling centers were not open.

“Luckily, temperatures will begin to decrease tomorrow including better overnight cooling that will bring overnight temperatures into the low 70s,” Nevada County OES posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning. “Based on the cooling (Monday) and low overnight temperatures, there will not be any County operated cooling centers opening.”

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez email, or call 530-477-4230.

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