Pacific Gas and Electric is turning the power back on.
That’s a relief for the nearly 50-thousand customers who have been without power due to strong winds in Northern California.
After facing unending lawsuits over power lines starting wildfires, PG&E is now simply turning off the electricity when strong winds blow.
It’s called PSPS…Public Safety Power Shut-off
But the winds near the Caldor and Dixie wildfires have subsided and PG&E has issued an “All-Clear” in some parts of Northern California following the shutoff the week of August 16th 2021.
Utility crews are now patrolling more than 32-hundred miles of transmission and distribution lines, and then restoring power to customers where it’s safe to do so.
PG&E says wind gusts peaked at more than 50 miles-per-hour in Butte and Tehama counties where the Dixie Fire is burning.
The power shutoff affected some 48-thousand customers in parts of 13 Northern California counties.
Dim light bulb hanging in a hallway.
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR