Tuesday, Oct. 29, power shutoff event: PG&E will cut power in Nevada County
UPDATE at 5:15 p.m. Monday (Oct. 28)
As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the next severe and widespread wind event in the forecast for Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30, PG&E confirmed Monday that it will implement a PSPS in portions of 29 counties, affecting electric service for up to 605,000 customers.
Portions of the following counties are currently expected to be impacted: Nevada, Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
The severe wind event is expected to start Tuesday morning in the North Valley, North Bay and Sierra Foothills; Tuesday afternoon in the southern Sierra Foothills; Tuesday evening in Kern County; and very early Wednesday in the Bay Area. The weather should clear in all areas by mid-day Wednesday.
UPDATED at 11:39 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28):
From Nevada County OES:
National Weather Service Sacramento have announced Critical Fire Conditions Tuesday and Wednesday. They are predicting wind gusts of 20-25 mph Tuesday into Wednesday. Winds are predicted to decrease Wednesday, but conditions remain dry.
Please continue to be fire safe. With the current PSPS and weather conditions, this is a great time to review your family’s emergency evacuation plan. Find tips and checklists at http://www.MyNevadaCounty.com/ReadySetGoGuide
UPDATED at 10:41 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28):
Potential Tuesday/Wednesday Public Safety Power Shutoff:
The event will impact approximately 32 counties across the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County. This weather event is a separate system from the one that triggered the October 26 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is still active. This is the third consecutive significant wind event in a week’s time.
In response to this anticipated event, Northern Operative Predictive Services has issued a high risk of significant fires for a geographical footprint that covers much of PG&E’s service area. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Geographic Area Coordination Center is also forecasting significant fire potential across Northern California beginning on Tuesday of this week.
Due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety. Portions of counties that may be impacted include, but are not limited to: Nevada, Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
Weather conditions, including potential fire risk, have been forecast that may impact electric service to portions of our service area.
Please check back for the latest information as the area and number of customers impacted are updated as weather conditions change.
Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days.
PG&E has not yet listed counties that could be affected.
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A panel of western Nevada County government agency leaders, along with community nonprofit and business representatives, will discuss the aftermath of October’s PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall, 255 S. Auburn St.