UPDATE: PG&E has announced that they intend to shut off power to the Sierra Foothills region beginning at 2:30 AM and the North Bay region beginning at 4:30 AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The following counties will be affected by Wednesday’s power shut off: Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma, and Yuba. This could affect over 48,000 PG&E customers.
On the afternoon of Monday, September 23, 2019, PG&E may be shutting off power to nine Northern California counties. This is in response to potentially hazardous weather conditions in the area. On Monday afternoon, weather conditions are expected to be dry, hot, and windy which are concerning conditions for wildfire risk.
The nine counties that PG&E has warned that they may need to shut off power are Butte, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Sonoma, and Yuba. Elk Grove Tribune spoke to a spokeswoman for PG&E in which she advised that PG&E no longer anticipates shutting off power to North Bay counties, such as Lake, Napa, and Sonoma. Nonetheless, they are going to continue to monitor the Sierra Foothills, specifically Butte, Nevada, and Yuba counties, in which a power shut off could affect approximately 21,000 residents. Additionally, they may initiate the power shut off around approximately 5:00 PM. Of course, it will depend on the state of weather conditions. If PG&E does continue with their initial plan to shut off power to all nine counties, an approximate 67,000 residents could be affected.
Power will remain off until weather conditions permit
The power will remain off until weather conditions permit and safety can be ensured. As a result, this may result in having power out for several days.
In the case in which the power shut-offs do occur, PG&E is prepared to provide accommodations. PG&E will open up Community Resource Centers on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 8:00 AM. Centers will provide amenities such as restrooms, bottled water, air conditioning, and charging stations for electronic devices. Additionally, the City of Elk Grove is serviced by SMUD. Therefore, the PG&E power shut off should not affect Elk Grove City residents. The addresses for these centers can be found below:
Auburn Gold County Fairgrounds
1273 High Street
Sierra College Grass Valley Campus
213 and 250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA
3600 Taylor Rd.
Oroville Union High School
1674 3rd Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
9185 Marysville Road
Yuba City, CA