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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/23/2019 10:11 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/23/2019 10:21 AM
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PG&E Moving Forward with Public Safety Power Shutoff in Portions of 17 Counties in Sierra Foothills, North Bay, Small Parts of San Mateo and Kern Counties. 2pm Estimated Shutoff in Our Area

San Francisco, CA...Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed this morning its plan to move forward with a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of the Sierra Foothills and North Bay, as well as small parts of San Mateo and Kern counties. This PSPS decision was based on forecasts of dry, hot and windy weather that poses a higher risk for damage and sparks on the electric system and rapid wildfire spread. The shutoff is expected to impact approximately 179,000 customers in 17 counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Sierra, Sonoma, Tehama and Yuba.

For a list of impacted customer counts and cities per county, see

Timeline for safety shutoffs

Here’s the approximate timeline that customers can expect: The shutoffs are expected to begin around 2 p.m. in the Sierra Foothills, 3 p.m. in the North Bay counties, and approximately 1 a.m. Thursday in affected areas of San Mateo and Kern counties.

Forecasts indicate the peak period of winds should end about noon Thursday in the Sierra Foothills, North Bay and San Mateo County, and around noon Friday in Kern County.

Once the high winds subside, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power. PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring the vast majority of customers within 48 hours after the weather has passed.

Customer notifications and impact

The company notified potentially impacted customers on Monday (48 hours prior) and again on Tuesday (24 hours prior), and will continue to notify, via automated calls, texts and emails—for those customers who’ve provided their contact information to PG&E.

It’s important to remember that customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this wind 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.

Community Resource Centers
To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open several Community Resource Centers. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities. Locations are below, and more are being confirmed. View the most updated list of center locations at

The following centers are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Thursday and stay open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the remainder of the shutoff:

Bear Valley
Bear Valley Transportation Center
132 Bear Valley Road

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish
11361 Prospect Drive

Mace Meadows Golf Course
26570 Fairway Drive

Costco – Butte
2100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Strip Mall
14144 Lakeridge Court

Bird Street School
1421 Bird Street


Meadowmont Shopping Center
2182 Highway 4

Black Bart Players
580 South Algiers Street

El Dorado
Buffalo Hill Center
6023 Front Street 37

El Dorado
Former County Sheriff's Office
300 Fair Lane

El Dorado
Pollock Pines
Knotty Pine Lanes
2667 Sanders Dr #1

Konocti Vista Casino
2755 Mission Rancheria Road

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel
22223 CA-29

Napa County Fairgrounds
1435 North Oak Street

Grass Valley
Sierra College – Grass Valley
250 Sierra College Drive

Penn Valley
Penn Valley Community Church
11739 Spenceville Road

Gold County Fairgrounds
209 Fairgate Road

Forest Hill
Canyon View Assembly Church
23221 Forest Hill Road

McBean Pavillion Parking Lot
75 McBean Park Drive

Cloverdale Citrus Fair
1 Citrus Fair

Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
1351 Maple Avenue

Hanna Boys Center
17000 Arnold Drive

Oregon House
Alcouffe Center
9185 Marysville Road

West Point
Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3322
202 Spink Road

Potter Valley
Potter Valley Bible Church
10151 Main Street

How customers can prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to: Update their contact information at or by calling 1-866-743- 6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a PSPS.

Plan 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 elderly family members, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at

Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily seven-day PSPS lookahead.

Generator safety
Backup electric generators can be a part of any preparedness plan, but they can also pose unique safety hazards.

It’s important to understand how to safely operate your generator before an emergency occurs. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of others.

Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.

Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 12:01:47   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2019-10-23 12:05:22   By: Anonymous
    I can only pray that your house burns down *bleep*

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 13:33:32   By: Anonymous
Wednesday 1:30 pm in Murphys. The air is absolutely still, no wind at all. PG&E is scheduled to turn off the power in the next half hour.

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    Re: ummmm, nope, nice and breezy up here in Arnold
    Posted on: 2019-10-23 13:49:01   By: Anonymous
    Perhaps this is the same idea that folks cling to when it’s snows up here: if it’s snowing, there must be no such thing as global warming and/or climate change.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-23 14:35:31   By: Anonymous
    Just cause it's calm we're your at doesn't mean it's calm.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-23 16:37:01   By: Anonymous
    Murphy's power is out, Angels Camp, San Andreas, Mokelumne Hill are still on this time.

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Please, your rage is impotent & ridiculous
Posted on: 2019-10-23 13:51:49   By: Anonymous
Are you SURE you’re not a Russian troll, bent on sewing discord in California, the NINTH largest economy ON EARTH?! Big flippin’ deal: the power’s going out for a day or so. You’re really the only whiner troll left in NorCal, you’ll notice.

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    Re: Please, your rage is impotent & ridiculous
    Posted on: 2019-10-23 13:55:09   By: Anonymous
    Lol! Same with those dorks in the vintage Jeep in Moke Hill, shilling for the Russkies by trying to recall Governor Newsom.

    Well, you can’t blame them-their stupidity and short sightedness worked when they recalled Governor Davis-and we got Schwarzenegger and the financial meltdown caused by his removal of DMV fees with no way to replace that income stream!

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      Re: Please, your rage is impotent & ridiculous
      Posted on: 2019-10-23 16:34:21   By: Anonymous
      You should get out more. Recall signing sites are all over the state.

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    Re: Please, your rage is impotent & ridiculous
    Posted on: 2019-10-23 16:00:31   By: Anonymous
    These power outages kill our economy!! Why would you want to start a business, build a factory, build a data center or any other business that needs 24/7 reliable infrastructure? We have to compete against other states and countries for those jobs. This is a big deal and it is pathetic. PG&E's self inflicted problems could have long lasting negative effects for all of us!!!

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To all PG&E Employees
Posted on: 2019-10-23 13:57:50   By: Anonymous
Thank you for your hard and dangerous work up here, especially when everyone is so angry and frightened. Stay safe and please be careful.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 18:40:49   By: Anonymous
Wednesday 6:30 pm in Murphys.

The power was turned off at 2:15 pm.

At this time there is still no wind blowing at all. The air is very still outside.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-23 20:31:45   By: Anonymous
    8:30 Wednesday - NO wind!!! What is the rationale for turning power out here this since there is NO wind here!!

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      Posted on: 2019-10-23 21:34:19   By: Anonymous
      9:30 in Arnold and NO wind. . .

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        Posted on: 2019-10-23 21:34:45   By: Anonymous
        Just like last time. . .

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 23:08:58   By: Anonymous
Wednesday 11:00 pm Murphys.

No steady wind or breezes.

Occasional light gusts possibly strong enough to blow a line man's fart along to the next pole.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-24 05:04:20   By: Anonymous
Thursday 5:00 am in Murphys.

It's trying to be windy however the breeze is undeveloped and not constant.

Occasional light to at best, moderate gusts. Nothing which can honestly be called a moderate or major wind event.

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    Posted on: 2019-10-24 07:20:20   By: Anonymous
    I feel sorry for you sad sack Californians..
    Socialism at work basically.

    Fighting as gas stations for overpriced fuel, arguing at grocery store for over taxed essentials, rolling black outs, and in the middle of it there are liberals who are happy to be going without!
    Telling others that they should have bought a generator in the spring like all good comrades who comply with the state.

    You people are mentally deranged. Keep singing those PGE checks.
    Id tell you to move to a normal state but you would bring your socialism to the rest of the country.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-24 08:25:17   By: Anonymous
      Why are you checking the Pinetree if you don’t live in state?

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        Posted on: 2019-10-24 09:00:40   By: Anonymous
        Is there a law now in California forbidding that? Some out of staters have vested interests and family there. Some maybe even lived there longer than you are old.

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          Posted on: 2019-10-24 09:58:43   By: Anonymous
          Of course not.
          Just wondering why you’re even bothering to read this if you don’t live here, and hate the state.
          Maybe try doing something more productive with your time?

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            Posted on: 2019-10-24 11:10:28   By: Anonymous
            I think you might be dealing with a couple of different people herre, might be more than one out of stater. I didn't say a word about hating California,

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              Posted on: 2019-10-24 14:02:52   By: Anonymous
              My comment was directed at the “sad sack Californians” commenter.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-24 10:39:34   By: Anonymous
Thursday 10:30 am in Murphys.

Very light to nonexistent breeze.

PG&E helicopter now flying over the neighborhood looking at all the power lines that didn't fall down during the big wind event that didn't occur.

More to come this weekend! :)

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    Posted on: 2019-10-24 13:10:41   By: Anonymous
    Arnold did have strong winds! If this helps to avoid a catastrophic wildfire event, I will adapt

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      Posted on: 2019-10-24 20:17:54   By: Anonymous
      Arnold maxed out at 15mph that is not high winds. I have been here when it was blowing 65mph and still had power. shingles were coming off of roofs but the lights were on. This is just PG and E holding all of us hostage to get what they want.

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