Updated Dec. 7 at 8:29 a.m.
PG&E has canceled the potential power shutoff to 8,500 customers in five Central California counties that was set to start Monday morning due to high fire danger in the area.
Parts of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Tuolumne counties would have been impacted, in addition to parts of the Tuolumne Rancheria tribal community.
This potential shutoff was announced as dry and windy conditions were forecasted in the region, which create an increased risk for electrical systems to be damaged and fires to ignite. PG&E says that better weather conditions are now forecast, meaning a shutoff is not necessary. A red flag warning is still in effect for parts of the state due to high fire danger weather.
This was the furthest into the cold months that PG&E has ever announced the potential for a preemptive shutoff. It is only the second time PG&E has called off a shutoff, the first being in November 2018.
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