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Power outages possible for public safety amid heat wave in Northern California

Power outages possible for public safety amid heat wave in Northern California

Power outages possible for public safety amid heat wave in Northern California

Giant towers at Kennington Meadows, a sparkling winter sunrise. (Photo credit: Planet One Photos/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

(FOX40.COM) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it may shut off power to some parts of Northern California to avoid starting a fire as winds are forecast to increase Tuesday.

The utility said “the weather forecast, the potential for wind-related damage and the moisture content of fuel in dead and live vegetation” are factors in the decision.


According to PG&E, localized gusts could reach up to 40 mph in parts of the northern and central Sacramento Valley.

Grass cultivation has cured at lower elevations and dead fuel moisture values ​​are at seasonally drought levels at lower interior elevations.

According to PG&E, possibly affected counties include:

  • Colusa
  • Glenn
  • Lake
  • Napa
  • Shasta
  • Solano
  • Tehama
  • Yolo

The public safety power outage warning comes amid what is forecast to be a week-long heat wave.