Fear of Fires Forces California Power Cut-Offs
Nearly 800,000 customers in 34 counties affected
Power will be cut off for nearly 800,000 customers across northern and central California in an effort to reduce wildfire risks, said power provider PG&E.
Severe wind warnings in the area and fear of fires like those experienced last year have caused the company to shut down power Wednesday. The outage will potentially impact 34 California counties.
The company, which has sought bankruptcy protection, said it would significantly expand the practice of cutting off power to communities at risk of wildfire when conditions demanded.
Last year’s wildfires were the most destructive in the state’s history, with overall insured losses topping $1.3 billion. In the 2018 Camp Fire in July, 1,614 structures were destroyed, and eight fatalities occurred.
- For the people of California living in areas where power has been cut off.
For first responders, employees of the power companies, and others who deal with the threat of new fires in California.