As of 8:03 PM, PG&E has proactively turned off power in extreme fire-risk areas of Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties based on localized weather forecasts calling for wind gusts of up to 50 mph tonight into Monday AM. Approx. 17,483 customers are impacted. https://t.co/Cr4Rqoc651 pic.twitter.com/kwJrMuRgI1— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 15, 2018
"There are portions of cities and towns deemed extreme fire risk, this move is to mitigate wildfire risk there and keep our customers safe," said PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras.
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Many local officials believe the utility had no choice after the devastating wildfires last year.
"It's going to cause some problems up here, but we're trying to avoid what happened last year," said Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore.
If all you see are taillights and headlights, that’s because Downtown Calistoga is DARK after PG&E cut the power preemptively because of expected high winds tonight and fire danger pic.twitter.com/5CklLZzujE— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) October 15, 2018
CalFire has not determined a cause for last year's deadly Tubbs Fire which destroyed thousands of homes across Sonoma County. But a recent CalFire report blamed PG&E equipment for a dozen wildfires in 2017 from Napa to Humbolt County.
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PG&E says it about 415 customers in Sonoma County will be impacted, 5,700 in Napa County and approximately 11,000 in Lake County.
The City of Calistoga was advised that the planned power outages will affect approximately 2,300 customers in Calistoga.
The utility says it could take up to 24 hours or longer to restore power because crews must physically inspect power lines to ensure they are safe before they can be re-energized.
To find out if you are in an affected area click here.
The following is a full list of counties and cities that could experience some outages, according to PG&E: