PG&E advising of potential Public Safety Power Shutoff due to dry conditions affecting several Valley counties

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FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles are parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

May 04 2021 05:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company has notified a targeted number of customers in portions of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Tulare Counties about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff Monday night.

An estimated 6,100 customers in Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, and Tulare counties who might be affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff are receiving the initial notifications Sunday, one day ahead of the potential event, according to officials.

Officials say that due to dry conditions combined with high wind gusts can pose an increased risk for damage to the electric system that could ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation.

Forecasts show high fire-risk conditions arriving Monday evening in the southern portion of PG&E’s service area, with high winds expected to subside by Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Customers by county who could potentially be affected by this PSPS event

  • Fresno County: 2,220 customers, 139 Medical Baseline customers
  • Kern County: 618 customers, 33 Medical Baseline customers
  • Madera County: 289 customers, 20 Medical Baseline customers
  • Mariposa County: 2,532 customers, 164 Medical Baseline customers
  • Tulare County: 435 customers, 8 Medical Baseline customers

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