Due to gusty winds and dry conditions combined with heightened fire risk, PG&E has notified Humboldt County customers of a potential power shutoff this weekend. According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency (OES) Services Facebook page, “all of Humboldt County is now in scope for this PSPS power outage.”
PG&E as of now has not confirmed which areas of Humboldt County will be affected or how long the potential shutoff will last. The anticipated outage is expected to occur around 10 pm on Saturday night, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office.
PG&E introduced what it calls “Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events” as prevention for wildfire safety, after the utility company was held responsible for several fires in Northern and Central California – which includes last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history.
The second PSPS event comes less than a month after most of Humboldt County and several other customers across Northern and Central California lost power for at least a day.
Its website alerts customers to “be prepared—a shutoff could last several days.”
OES advises that all of its residents prepare for the possibility of an extended outage affecting all PG&E customers, beginning Saturday evening.
The PSPS is expected to affect 32 California counties and approximately 850,000 customers.
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