MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power to approximately 16,000 customers in Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties due to a Public Safety Power Shutoff event expected to begin Sunday due to critical fire weather conditions.
The PSPS event is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and last through Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning before power can be completely restored, PG&E reported. A significant, offshore wind event starting Sunday that is forecast to have the driest humidity levels and the strongest winds of the wildfire season thus far, “together create high risk of catastrophic wildfires.”
A widespread gusty and damaging wind event is expected across Northern California and parts of Central California, including the Central Sierra, from Sunday through Tuesday, PG&E meteorologists reported.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Mariposa County and parts of Madera, Fresno, and Tulare counties due to the forecasted winds. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. The public is urged to be extremely careful with open flames.
In Mariposa County, the shutoff is expected between 3 and 8 p.m., affecting approximately 703 customers until Tuesday at around 10 p.m., PG&E reported. While in Madera County, the shutoff is expected to take place between 6 and 8 p.m., and affect an estimated 10,792 customers until Tuesday at around noon.
For Fresno County, PG&E expects about 4,712 customers affected by the shutoff, which is expected to start between 6 and 8 p.m. and last until Tuesday around noon.
Dan Lynch, a Fresno County official, urged residents in the Creek Fire burn area to stay clear of falling trees and debris and avoid digging into hazardous ash that could be picked up by the wind.
Affected areas potentially include:
- Fish Camp
- North Fork
- Meadow Lakes
- Worman Road/Kimble Road area
- Greeley Hill
- Yosemite Lakes
- Lake Don Pedro Subdivision
PG&E said residents can see if their address is in the potentially affected area on its website.
For general information on how to plan and prepare for a potential PSPS please visit https://prepareforpowerdown.com/.