PG&E says power outages possible in Winters, Vacaville due to fire dangers

PG&E says power outages are possible in Yolo and Solano counties due to high winds that have heightened wildfire dangers.
A Pacific Gas & Electric Company vehicle is seen at PG&E's Gas Safety Training Facility in Winters on January 14, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express
A Pacific Gas & Electric Company vehicle is seen at PG&E’s Gas Safety Training Facility in Winters on January 14, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express

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The Pacific Gas & Electric Company is warning customers in Yolo and Solano counties of possible rolling power outages due to a heightened sense of wildfire dangers over the weekend.

In a bulletin published Friday afternoon, PG&E said several thousand customers could have their power shut off starting Saturday morning. Customers in Winters, Davis, Vacaville, Suisun, Napa and the Lake Berryessa area are impacted by the warning sent by PG&E on Friday.

PG&E said it would attempt to contact customers by phone, text message and e-mail before outages occur. The outages could start as early as 6 a.m., with the most-likely outages taking place in the afternoon, the utility company warned.

We know how much our customers rely on electric service and would only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety during extreme weather condition,” PG&E spokesperson Michael Lewis said in a statement.

PG&E customers can sign up for outage notifications by visiting the utility company’s website. Public safety officials have asked residents in Yolo County to sign up for emergency alerts via Everbridge by visiting www.yolo-alert.org.

The alert came a few hours after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the region, saying gusty winds up to 30 miles per hour is expected between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Recent hot weather has dried out grass and other potential wildfire fuels, the weather agency said. That coupled with low humidity and high winds could cause any fires that start over the weekend to quickly spread, forecasters warned.

Firefighters in some part of the region are already dealing with the effects of the weather: In Cordelia, emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a grass fire burning near Lopes Road. The four-alarm wind-whipped fire had scorched five acres as of 1:45 p.m., according to Express sister-publication the Daily Republic. Officials told KCBS Radio the fire was not threatening any structures. In unincorporated Sacramento County, state firefighters extinguished a small grass fire that broke out near the intersections of Watt Avenue and Straight Road, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch logs. Officers from the CHP were asked to provide traffic control as CAL FIRE personnel worked to extinguish the blaze.]]>

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