Pacific Gas & Electric announced it was considering a public safety power shut-off for 29 counties between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon in California, in a strategy to prevent wildfires.
Power could miss for days. On Tuesday, Southern California Edison announced it too was considering preventive power outages, in parts of eight Southern California counties. Cupertino, home to Apple, will be also affected. The possible mass power cut in Northern California comes at the second anniversary of the wine country firestorms, which killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes. The huge “Camp Fire" in the town of Paradise last year burned 150,000 acres and left 86 people dead. After all, an investigation determined that poorly maintained PG&E equipment was to blame for starting the blaze.
“None of us are happy about it,” said California governor, Gavin Newsom. “But this is part of something that we knew was likely to occur several months ago, when PG&E finally woke up to their responsibility to keep people safe.” Local shops reported an influx of customers buying up supplies. Power generators are also procured. Starting on Wednesday, 28 Community Resource Centers in the region will be opened to provide “restrooms, bottled water and electronic-device charging”. Many schools will be closed at least for Wednesday.