SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pacific gas and electric could cut power to more than 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the possibility of wildfire sparking as extreme fire season in the area, the utility announced Friday.
The nation’s largest utility said it could black out customers in 38 counties – including much of the San Francisco Bay Area – as weather forecasts called for a return of a bone-dry, gusty weather that lightened. Carries the risk of lines or other equipment being down or fouling. In recent years, Central and Northern California have been blamed for ignoring large-scale and deadly explosions.
The security shutdown was expected to begin Sunday morning and Tuesday to affect 466,000 homes and businesses, or 466,000 homes and businesses per household or business customer between two or three people.
Cuts have been predicted to include the Sacramento Valley, the northern and central Sierra Nevada, the upper elevations of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Central Coast, and parts of southern Kern County.
The estimated shutdown involved 19,000 customers in parts of Battee County, where the 2018 explosion ignited by PG&E equipment destroyed the city of heaven and killed 85 people.
A PG&E statement said the forecast is “the season for dry moisture levels and the strongest winds of wildfires.”
The National Weather Service issued a red flag alert for several areas, reaching speeds of 35 mph (56 kmph) or higher in San Francisco and 70 mph (113 kmph) in some mountains. Predicts to run from. The concern is that any spark can be blown into flames through tinder-dry brushes and forestland.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, the incident is a 9,” Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Lab, told the Bay Area News Group. “Historically our biggest fire is in October. We are in a critical period. ”
The National Weather Service said conditions could be similar during the disastrous fires in California’s wind country in 2017 and last year’s Kinkade Fire.
Fire officials said PG&E transmission lines opened fire in Sonoma County in October last year, destroying hundreds of homes and causing nearly 100,000 people to flee.
The Public Safety Power Shutdown, or PSPS, will be the fifth this year, with one starting Wednesday and ending late on Friday.
Utility chief meteorologist Scott Strenfels said the forecast for the upcoming season would be even more dangerous.
“We are looking at four extremes in weather for this potential PSPS event: extremely high winds, extremely low humidity, extremely dry fuel that goes 126 years behind, and extreme drought due to the most average temperatures in the last six months. Looking at the lack of rain in the entire area, he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Southern California continued to freeze with icy drops. Forecasters said light rain was expected from Sunday night to Monday night, with light snowfall Sunday night with Santa Ana winds likely.
Eight of the 10 fatal incidents in California history occurred in October or November. Some of the largest have also occurred since August of this year.
California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as Cal Fire, said 5,500 firefighters were working on Friday to fully engage 19 wildlife. Despite the red flag situation, two dozen new fires broke out on Thursday. Numerous studies have linked large wild animals associated with climate change to the burning of coal, oil and gas in the US.
Scientists say climate change has made California much more drought, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable.
More than 8,600 wildlife in 6,400 square miles (16,576 square kilometers) have been badly scorched and about 9,200 buildings were destroyed in California this year. There have been 31 deaths.
Cal Fire said that all the huge fires are fully or substantially contained, but more than 6,000 firefighters are committed to 19 explosions.
Many of this year’s devastating fires were triggered by thousands of dry lightning strikes. But some fires remain under investigation for possible electrical causes.
This story has been corrected to show power cuts, not willpower, of over 1 million people.