PG&E on Sunday “significantly reduced the scope of its Public Safety Power Shutoff planned for early Monday, removing some 2,500 utility customers in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties from the list of areas.
The revised shutoff plan is “due to substantial changes overnight in terms of the severity and location of the strongest winds along with improved humidity,” the utility said.
PG&E had announced Friday that it has notified about 130,000 customers in the three Bay Area counties and 17 others, as well as tribal communities, about a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff starting early Monday due to expected high winds that could ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation.
But by Sunday the alert had been substantially scaled back, PG&E said, to “8,500 customers in five counties: Fresno, Madera (new), Mariposa (new), Tulare and Tuolumne.”
The windy conditions had been expected to arrive late Sunday evening and peak in strength during the day Monday, then possibly linger in some regions through early Tuesday, according to PG&E.
If power is shut off, crews will then patrol PG&E lines to inspect for damage before restoring power. The utility said it will continue monitoring conditions and send additional notifications to customers as needed. People are strongly urged to make sure their contact information for notifications is up-to-date by visiting PG&E’s website or by calling 800-743-5000.