Monday, October 15, 2018
California power company cuts power north of Sacramento due to high winds to prevent wildfires
San Francisco Gate reports that Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting off electricity for as long as 24 hours in some areas for up to 60000 customers in several counties north of San Francisco. The reason is to reduce wildfire risks given high winds and drought in these areas. These counties include Napa county and the wine country, which I visited in 1995. Here is the story by Peter Fimrite.
This is the first time I have heard of a major power shutdown intended to prevent wildfires.
I saw the aftermath of a small wildfire near Apple Hill, CA as I drove east on US 50 on Sunday, Sept 23 (from Reno) back to Sacramento and later the Bay Area, while on vacation. I believe that fire had been caused by sparks from a flat tire and one or two homes were heavily damaged.