Pacific Gas and Electric Company has notified more than 300,000 homes and businesses in portions of 25 counties that they may have their power shut off starting Wednesday morning. Worsening dry conditions and expected high wind gusts pose an increased risk for damage and sparks on the electric system that have the potential to ignite wildfires in areas with dry vegetation. Customers in parts of Shasta, Tehama, Mendocino and Trinity Counties are among those who will be affected.
High fire-risk conditions are expected to begin early Wednesday morning and continue into Thursday. High winds are currently expected to subside Thursday mid-morning. 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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