Updated Oct. 23, 9:25 a.m.
Pacific Gas & Electric expects it will restore power to essentially all of the 31,000 customers who were impacted by its latest power shutoff by late Friday.
The shutoff, which began Wednesday, impacted customers in seven counties, the majority living in Shasta, Butte and Tehama counties. As of Thursday evening, PG&E reported it had restored power to about 74% of affected customers, with about 8,000 remaining as of 7:30 p.m.
This latest shutoff came as hot, dry, windy weather is expected in these areas. PG&E says this weather poses a higher risk for damage to its electrical system, which could spark a wildfire in areas with dry vegetation. So far 31 people have died in wildfires this year, with more than 4.1 million acres burned in the state.
PG&E has also announced that it expects another shutoff in anticipation of windy weather starting Sunday, which it said could be a larger shutoff than Wednesday’s. The utility will start notifying potentially impacted customers Friday.
PG&E cut power to around 41,000 customers in Northern California just one week ago, the fourth time the utility has done so this year. Cal Fire is investigating PG&E's role in sparking the Zogg Fire that killed four people in Shasta County.
Click the search bar in the bottom left corner of this map to see if your address falls within the areas that could be 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 does not mean that you will definitely lose power, just that you are within the area that PG&E may shut off power to.
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