In California, PG&E has been shutting off power to prevent wildfires; however, a fire started on Thursday.
The fire within the Sonoma County wine region north of San Francisco grew to greater than 15 square miles before dawn, and officials ordered evacuations close to the small community of Geyserville. There were no quick details about what caused the fire; however, wildfire threat was extremely high as humidity levels plunged and wind up to 70 mph hit the area.
Amid a maelstrom of the blame for its handling of a public safety power shutoff two weeks ago for 2 million people, PG&E began, once again, cutting power in northern California counties to try to keep away from potential wildfires starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. This most recent shutoff was anticipated to affect almost 179,000 customers, 450,000 people, and last for two days.
James Gore, the Sonoma County Supervisor, stated PG&E had been better on the notification part of these most recent blackouts.
“I’m a big believer in shutdowns to prevent fires. However, the thing that erodes public trust is when it doesn’t make sense,” James Gore stated. He also said, “You say, ‘I know if we can put a person on the moon. we will manage a power grid.’
“Beyond the fire issues in northern California, southern California had its fire-associated issues. Necessary evacuations were ordered Thursday morning for a portion of north San Bernardino after a wind-driven brush fire ignited on Wednesday morning. Hot and dry Santa Ana winds have been expected to hit Southern California on Thursday, and the Southern California Edison utility warned it would blackout 308,000 customers potentially 750,000 individuals depending on the forecast. Additionally, the San Diego Gas & Electric utility warned of power shutoffs to about 24,000 customers.