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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/25/2020 08:41 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/25/2020 08:41 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

Due to Highest Winds and Driest Conditions of the Season, PG&E Will Turn Off Power for Safety to Approximately 361,000 Customers in Targeted Parts of 36 Counties and 17 Tribal Communities

San Francisco, CA...Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will de-energize certain electrical lines for safety starting this morning (Sunday, Oct. 25) as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E is calling a PSPS due to a significant, offshore wind event starting Sunday that is forecast to have the driest humidity levels and the strongest winds of the wildfire season thus far, that together create high risk of catastrophic wildfires.

The PSPS event will affect approximately 361,000 customers in targeted portions of 36 counties, including: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba. Some customers in 17 tribal communities will also be affected.

Some customers previously notified about the potential PSPS will not have their power turned off during this event. This is due to a combination of favorable changes in the weather forecast. Approximately 105,000 customers will not be turned off for this reason. Additionally, another 84,000 will remain energized through the event due to islanding, temporary generation, and other methods.


Affected Counties and Customers

Below is a list of customers who could potentially be affected by this PSPS event.
  • Alameda County: 16,329 customers, 795 Medical Baseline customers
  • Alpine County: 575 customers, 6 Medical Baseline customers
  • Amador County: 10,398 customers, 805 Medical Baseline customers
  • Butte County: 13,066 customers, 1,160 Medical Baseline customers
  • Calaveras County: 15,694 customers, 729 Medical Baseline customers
  • Colusa County: 565 customers, 32 Medical Baseline customers
  • Contra Costa County: 17,966 customers, 883 Medical Baseline customers
  • El Dorado County: 38,462 customers, 2,681 Medical Baseline customers
  • Fresno County: 4,712 customers, 408 Medical Baseline customers
  • Glenn County: 377 customers, 18 Medical Baseline customers
  • Humboldt County: 7,143 customers, 239 Medical Baseline customers
  • Kern County: 627 customers, 32 Medical Baseline customers
  • Lake County: 21,621 customers, 1,572 Medical Baseline customers
  • Madera County: 10,792 customers, 858 Medical Baseline customers
  • Marin County: 13,809 customers, 443 Medical Baseline customers
  • Mariposa County: 703 customers, 14 Medical Baseline customers
  • Mendocino County: 648 customers, 14 Medical Baseline customers
  • Napa County: 11,026 customers, 393 Medical Baseline customers
  • Nevada County: 40,246 customers, 2,445 Medical Baseline customers
  • Placer County: 17,017 customers, 1,060 Medical Baseline customers
  • Plumas County: 3,168 customers, 167 Medical Baseline customers
  • San Joaquin County: 10 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • San Mateo County: 3,671 customers, 93 Medical Baseline customers
  • Santa Clara County: 4,182 customers, 205 Medical Baseline customers
  • Santa Cruz County: 13,872 customers, 955 Medical Baseline customers
  • Shasta County: 24,746 customers, 1,967 Medical Baseline customers
  • Sierra County: 1,101 customers, 24 Medical Baseline customers
  • Siskiyou County: 57 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Solano County: 1,597 customers, 96 Medical Baseline customers
  • Sonoma County: 23,464 customers, 1,164 Medical Baseline customers
  • Stanislaus County: 35 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tehama County: 6,470 customers, 544 Medical Baseline customers
  • Trinity County: 1,376 customers, 74 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tuolumne County: 30,327 customers, 2,220 Medical Baseline customers
  • Yolo County: 165 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
  • Yuba County: 4,666 customers, 365 Medical Baseline customers
  • Total*: 360,687 customers, 22,465 Medical Baseline customers
*The following Tribal Community counts are included within the County level detail above.
  • Big Sandy Rancheria Tribal Community: 61 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
  • Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians Tribal Community: 54 customers, 5 Medical Baseline customers
  • Cortina Rancheria Tribal Community: 8 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customers
  • Dry Creek Rancheria Tribal Community: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Grindstone Rancheria Tribal Community: 49 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers
  • Hoopa Valley Tribe Tribal Community: 1062 customers, 56 Medical Baseline customers
  • Jackson Rancheria Tribal Community: 28 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Karuk Tribe Tribal Community: 42 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Middletown Rancheria Tribal Community: 33 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • North Fork Rancheria Tribal Community: 25 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers
  • Pit River Tribes Tribal Community: 8 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers
  • Robinson Rancheria Tribal Community: 96 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers
  • Shingle Springs Rancheria Tribal Community: 49 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
  • Stewarts Point Rancheria (Kashaya Pomo) Tribal Community: 22 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tuolumne Rancheria Tribal Community: 112 customers, 6 Medical Baseline customers
  • Upper Lake Rancheria Tribal Community: 28 customers, 2 Medical Baseline customers
  • Yurok Tribe Tribal Community: 87 customers, 4 Medical Baseline customers

Timeline for Safety Shutoffs

The de-energization will begin around 10 a.m. Sunday morning, beginning with customers in the Northern Sierra region. Shutoffs will continue through Monday into late evening.

Weather is expected to subside Monday morning for the majority of customers, and by Tuesday morning for the remainder. Once it does and it is safe to do so, PG&E will patrol the de-energized lines to determine if they were damaged during the wind event and repair any damage found. PG&E will then safely restore power in stages and as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring power to nearly all customers within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed.


Resource for customers

Customer notifications

Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began Friday, Oct. 23, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff. Additional notifications one day prior to the event took place Saturday, Oct. 24. Customers enrolled in the company's Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible with a focus on customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.


Community Resource Centers

To support our customers during this PSPS, PG&E will open 106 Community Resource Centers (CRCs). For customers with power turning off Sunday morning, CRCs will be open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. today. All CRCs will operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the event. These temporary CRCs will be open to customers when power is out at their homes and will provide ADA-accessible restrooms, hand-washing stations, medical-equipment charging, WiFi; bottled water, grab-and-go bags and non-perishable snacks.

PG&E updates its CRC locations regularly. To find CRC locations, visit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CRCs will follow important health and safety protocols including:
  • Facial coverings and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from those who are not part of the same household will be required at all CRCs.
  • Temperature checks will be administered before entering CRCs that are located indoors.
  • CRC staff will be trained in COVID-19 precautions and will regularly sanitize surfaces and use Plexiglass barriers at check-in.
  • All CRCs will follow county and state requirements regarding COVID-19, including limits on the number of customers permitted indoors at any time.

Besides these health protocols, customers visiting a CRC in 2020 will experience further changes, including a different look and feel. In addition to using existing indoor facilities, PG&E is planning to open CRCs at outdoor, open-air sites in some locations and use large commercial vans as CRCs in other locations. CRC locations will depend on a number of factors, including input from local and tribal leaders.


Online Resources for Customers
  • Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at
  • PG&E's emergency website is now available in 13 languages. Currently, the website is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Punjabi and Japanese. Customers will have the opportunity to choose their language of preference for viewing the information when visiting the website. In addition, PG&E's contact center has translation services available in over 200 languages. Customers who need in-language support over the phone can contact us by calling 1-833-208-4167.
  • For additional language support services including how to set language preference, select options for obtaining translated notifications, and receive other translated resources on PSPS, customers can visit This website is also available in 13 languages as listed above.
  • Customers are encouraged to update their contact information and indicate their preferred language for notifications by visiting or by calling 1-800-743-5000. PG&E's contact center has translation services available in over 200 languages.
  • Tenants and non-account holders can sign up to receive PSPS ZIP Code Alerts for any area where you do not have a PG&E account by visiting
  • PG&E has launched a new tool at its online Safety Action Center at safetyactioncenter.pge.comto help customers prepare. By using the "Make Your Own Emergency Plan" tool and answering a few short questions, visitors to the website can compile and organize the important information needed for a personalized family emergency plan.

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Posted on: 2020-10-25 21:18:09   By: Anonymous
Murphys is supposed to get up to 12 mph winds. Is it really worth shutting off power and closing businesses?!? PG&E can suck it.

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    Re: Hmmmmm...
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 07:31:50   By: Anonymous
    So can your wife!!

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      Re: Hmmmmm...
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 09:20:40   By: Anonymous
      I am the wife, you spineless feminine Dem.

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Posted on: 2020-10-26 02:25:23   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 06:08:10   By: Anonymous
Here we are again. Sitting in the dark wishing I had a hot cup of coffee. Oh well be in Montana next year. Have fun 👍

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    Posted on: 2020-10-26 07:31:02   By: Anonymous
    Go to Montana now you spineless whiner. And next winter you'll be biching about how cold it is there.

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      Posted on: 2020-10-26 08:51:56   By: Anonymous
      Montana and Idaho don’t want California transplants. If you can’t figure out how to get a cup of hot coffee without the grid..
      Maybe Florida is a better option.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 06:24:29   By: Anonymous
You pay the highest power rates in the country why would you expect reliable power?

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    Power Shut Off Correct
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 06:38:00   By: Anonymous
    We had very strong wind gusts last nite with 8% humidity, the fire danger was extreme.
    PG&E is right to shut off the power until it will provide safe clearances in it's right of ways. So far they do not.
    It will take laws I guess to force PG&E to clear trees away from the power lines, and update their equipment. So far they have not.
    This is why the State must take over PG&E and form a State utility, only then in removing the profit motive will be be safe and have reliable safe power.

    Corporations do not protect citizens, the citizens must stand up and force the government to make the necessary changes to protect themselves, history shows this repeatedly.

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      Re: Power Shut Off Correct
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 07:35:47   By: Anonymous
      Not going to happen with California’s democratic government in charge..., Gov Newsom is on the take from PG&E

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        Re: Power Shut Off Correct
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 08:14:34   By: Anonymous
        We have power because we are off grid with SOLAR.
        GO SOLAR
        And flip the middle finger at PG&E!!!!!!

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          Re: Power Shut Off Correct
          Posted on: 2020-10-26 08:17:17   By: Anonymous
          President Biden we are ready for a real president . Put the criminal trump in prison .

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        Re: Power Shut Off Correct
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 09:33:04   By: Anonymous
        If the op is suggesting newsom is “ on the take “ collecting bribes from PG&E, that’s ridiculous and a sign of how divided our national politics are.
        This has been exploited by Facebook, all
        Media outlets and in general Is a decline in Our collective cognitive rationality exacerbated by ..
        the World Wide Web ( of BS)
        You need to turn off the internet and critically think . Read , reason and get out and talk to people .

        California is a state bigger than many nations , the 5th largest gdp in the world.

        The situation with PG&E is not ideal and there’s no easy answer on how to provide electricity to 20 million people effectively. Newsom is tasked with making the decisions. PG&E is a publicly traded entity.
        You might not agree with the decisions and direction of either, but to suggest that news on is profiting from PG&E ‘s management is wrong , false , and a lie

        You’re just complaining about partisan politics and chose an easy target .. imagine how you’d complain if the power stayed off for longer than 72 hours .

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      Re: Power Shut Off Correct
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 08:17:56   By: Anonymous
      PG&E has cut trees and trimmed them in our area and they are going to replace all the power poles and lines. They are through here several times a year cleaning around the poles and doing inspections. They have been doing this for the 29 years we have lived in the forest.

      We don't like the power outages either but I would rather that than a huge fire.

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        Re: Power Shut Off Correct
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 10:16:14   By: Anonymous
        PG&E clearances for trees is 12 feet. This is absurd. Until PG&E sets further clearances from distribution lines, we will continue to have shut offs.
        The foresters come thru every year and mark trees for trimming- some paltry snipping of branches , which is grossly inadequate.

        In many cases , when the power lines were constructed, it was 50 years ago, trees were small, not a problem, now they have grown and tower over the lines.
        It isn't rocket science, we need to seriously trim, remove trees that are athreat for wildfires.

        Even foresters miss trees that fall on power lines, the Butte fire was one such case.
        The hazards of tree close to power lines in a drier California, demands further aggressive clearances. Time to get real.

        You can have your trees, privacy, or you can have your home. In wildfire areas, you cannot have both, this is reality.

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