Winters now included in potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

A screenshot of the ArcGIS map from Tuesday Nov. 19.

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map from Yolo County’s Office of Emergency Services details five overlapping areas of concern, just west of Winters city limits. In a press release issued by PG&E around 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 about 400 Yolo County customers in Guinda, Rumsey and Winters will be affected. About 1,970 Solano County customers in Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville and unincorporated areas of Winters are also included. PG&E stated “The company began notifying potentially impacted customers The company began notifying potentially impacted customers yesterday (48 hours prior) and notified them again today, 24 hours and four hours prior. Customers who have provided their contact information to PG&E were notified by phone, text and email. It’s important to remember that customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this weather event; those customers will not be notified in advance.” “It is also very possible that customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location. This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.” If PG&E conducts the PSPS, the timeline of the safety shut-offs will take place in phases beginning Wednesday morning through early afternoon, based on local weather conditions in the area. PG&E plans to open several Community Resource Centers (CRCs) to support their customers. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities. The locations of CRCs will be available at The following services will be provided at our Community Resource Centers: • Snacks (non-perishable) • Ice • Blankets (upon request) • Heater • Restroom facilities • Charging stations PG&E is asking customers to prepare ahead by: • Planning for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power. • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers. • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash. • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center Some parts of PG&E’s territory are under a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service, while other areas are subject to a Winter Storm Advisory. High fire-risk conditions are forecast to begin early tomorrow morning and continue into Thursday. High winds are currently expected to subside Thursday mid-morning. According to the press release, PG&E will then inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event. PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers by end of day Thursday, based on the current weather conditions.]]>

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