Updated Oct. 17 at 8 a.m.
PG&E cut power to around 41,000 customers in Northern California Wednesday to try and prevent its equipment from sparking further wildfires due to dry, windy conditions. As of Saturday morning, the utility says power has been restored to most customers.
The counties impacted included Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba counties. PG&E also expects that a small number of customers in two tribal communities may be affected.
While around 53,000 customers were in the areas PG&E marked for shutoffs, the utility says it was able to keep power on for around 12,000 customers in the affected areas.
These shutoffs came as hot, dry and windy conditions in the region create an increased risk for electrical systems to be damaged and fires to ignite. So far 31 people have died in wildfires this year, with more than 4.1 million acres burned in the state.
The utility said impacted customers were in the following regions:
- The Northern Sierra Nevada foothills
- The mid and higher elevations in the Sierra north of Yosemite
- The North Bay mountains near Mt. St. Helena
- Small parts of the East Bay near Mt. Diablo
- The Oakland Hills east of Piedmont
- The elevated terrain east of Milpitas near the Calaveras Reservoir
- Portions of the Santa Cruz and Big Sur mountains.
Click the search bar in the bottom left corner of this map to see if your address fell within the areas that could have been impacted. This map is approximate, but PG&E also has an address lookup tool that will provide more exact information.
If you do fall within the blackout area, this did not mean that you would definitely lose power, just that you were within the area that PG&E may shut off power to.
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