Thousands of Californians can lose power in the threat of strong winds and wildfires


When a gust returns to the area on Tuesday, tens of thousands of Northern Californians could lose power and even more wildfires could occur in the state. The second largest flame on record Burning over 500,000 acres.

Pacific Gas and Electric, California’s largest utility, Warned approximately 39,000 customers in 16 counties on Sunday Power can be lost if the operator shuts down the equipment to prevent a wildfire.

Utility on monday Said on that website The stop is “likely”.

Most of the shutoffs will occur in two counties, including Butte, one of the four counties where a large Dixie fire burned about 570,000 acres, Utility said.

With a little over a quarter of the flame that ignited more than a month ago Destroyed the historic Sierra Nevada town of Greenville According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CalFire), it was surrounded by containment lines as of Monday afternoon in early August.

Strong offshore winds are expected to intensify on Tuesday night and can be as devastating as most parts of California. Experienced “extreme” or “exceptional” drought.. The utility said the cutoff could last as long as two days for some customers.

Utilities have begun to use aggressive measures in the recent wave of devastating wildfires, including the deadliest 2018 campfire in state history.The flame left at least 84 dead, and The company pleaded guilty Start illegally After investigators blame power lines..

PG & E, who declared bankruptcy in the aftermath of the fire, He also pleaded guilty to 84 counts Unwilling manslaughter.