Starting on Wednesday, October 9th, PG&E will begin proactively shutting down power to nearly 800,000 people in 34 counties across Northern and Central California because of increased fire risk due to dry winds that could down power lines. PG&E says the power shutoffs will not happen at once on Wednesday. The company will implement one round of shutoffs at a time, starting in the most northern part of California, from midnight until 4 a.m. Another round of outages will be starting at noon as the weather shifts toward the Bay Area.
The National Weather Service also issued a “red flag” warning for both Wednesday and Thursday; warning of potentially “extreme fire weather conditions” for the “northern Coastal Range and foothills, the Sacramento Valley, the northern San Joaquin Valley, and the Northern Sierra Nevada and foothills below 6000 feet.” It’s the highest level for critical fire conditions.
“This is not something that we take lightly. We understand the importance of electricity to our customers,” said PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. “However, the safety of our customers and the communities they serve is our most important responsibility.”
In a press conference on Monday night, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo urged residents and business owners to prepare for being without power for possibly as long as a week. Liccardo also told residents they should shelter in place since street lights and signals won’t be working in the event of a power outage, and encouraged households to create emergency plans and kits which include food and water for all family members and pets.
Listed below are pictures provided by PG&E of the communities affected by their power shutoff. Here is a wide view of the map showing a large portion of the Bay Area will have its power shut off early Wednesday morning.
To see if your neighborhood will be affected by the power shutoffs, visit SF Gate.
Counties and cities that may be affected by the power shutoff include:
Alameda County – Oakland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Union City, Berkeley, Hayward, San Leandro, Sunol, Pleasanton, and Livermore may lose electricity.
Contra Costa County – San Ramon, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pinole, Richmond, Kensington, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Berkeley, Canyon, San Pablo, Pittsburg, Rodeo, Concord, Albany, Antioch, and Martinez.
Sonoma County – Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Glen Ellen, Penngrove, Geyserville, Kenwood, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Annapolis, Stewarts Point, Cotati, Cazadero, Guerneville, Larkfield, El Verano, Boyes Hot Springs, Fulton and Bodega Bay.
Napa County – Napa, St. Helens, Calistoga, Angwin, Pope Valley, Rutherford, Oakville, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Yountville, and American Canyon
San Mateo County – Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Woodside, Moss Beach, Montara, Portola Valley, Pescadero, La Honda, Redwood City, San Gregorio, Loma Mar, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Emerald Hills, Pacifica and Princeton
Santa Clara County – San Jose, Morgan Hill, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Redwood Estates, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Coyote, Gilroy, Mount Hamilton, and Palo Alto
Solano County – Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo, and Dixon
Mendocino County – Ukiah, Potter Valley, Hopland, Redwood Valley, Willits, Boonville, Calpella, Talmage, Fort Bragg
Santa Cruz County – Aptos, Boulder Creek, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Ben Lomond, Felton, Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Mount Hermon, Brookdale, Davenport, Capitola, Freedom, La Selva Beach Corralitos, Saratoga, and Bonny Doon
Marin County – Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Olema, Muir Beach, Fairfax, Bolinas, and Mill Valley
As an effort to support people in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in 28 locations beginning on Wednesday, October 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging, and air-conditioned seating will be available for up to 100 people at these facilities. Centers will be opened at the locations below:
|Butte||Oroville||Bird Street School, 1421 Bird St, Oroville 95965|
|Butte||Magalia||14144 Lakeridge Court, Magalia 95954|
|El Dorado||Placerville||El Dorado Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667|
|Lake||Clear Lake||Clearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422|
|Napa||Napa||1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo 94589|
|Napa||Calistoga||Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515|
|Santa Clara||San Jose||Avaya Stadium 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose 95110|
|Nevada||Grass Valley||Sierra College Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945|
|Contra Costa||San Ramon||Bishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583|
|Calaveras||Arnold||Meadowmont Shopping Center – 2182 HWY 4, Arnold 95223|
|San Mateo||Half Moon Bay||Pasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019|
|Placer||Auburn||Gold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High Street Auburn 95603|
|Shasta, Tehama||Redding||Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding 96003|
|Solano||Vacaville||Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687|
|Sonoma||Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404|
|Alameda||Oakland||Merritt College LOT B – Leona St., Oakland 94508|
|Tuolumne||Sonora||Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora 95370|
|Santa Cruz||Aptos||Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003|
|Amador||Pioneer||Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive Pioneer 95666|
|Mendocino||Ukiah||1775 N. State Street, Ukiah 95482|
|Yolo||Winters||Next to PG&E Gas Academy – Intersection of E. Grant Avenue & Timber Crest Road, Winters 95694|
|Colusa, Glenn||Orland||839 Newville Road, Orland 95963|
|Mariposa||Coulterville||Coulterville Fire Dept – 10293 Ferry Road, Coulterville 95311|
|Sierra||Sierra City||Loganville Campground parking lot – HWY 49, Sierra City 96125|
|Stanislaus||Westley||Westley Hotel – 8615 CA-33, Westley 95387|
|Plumas||La Porte||2140 Main St. La Porte 95981|
|El Dorado||El Dorado Hills||Rolling Hills Christian Church 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills 95762|
9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House 95962