PG&E expands forced power shut-offs to help prevent wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- PG&E has expanded its plans for forced power outages when extremely dry and windy weather increases the risk for its electrical equipment sparking a devastating fire.

The utility first implemented these planned shut-offs last year, affecting over a half-million customers. The program now covers all 5.4 million of its electric customer accounts.

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PG&E said all customers should receive a letter about the program later this month.

It will also hold community meetings.

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