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PG&E Plans for More Potential Power Shutoffs in 8 Counties


COLFAX -- The Pacific Gas and Electric Company sent recorded phone messages to customers in eight Northern California counties, alerting them to the possibility that power may be shut off "to protect public safety" during a period of high fire danger.


Thursday's forecast called for gusty north winds and minimum daytime humidity between 5 percent and 15 percent, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning for a large portion of Northern California between Wednesday night and Friday morning.


Sonoma County was originally listed by PG&E removed the area due to changing weather conditions.


"We will only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of wildfire."


PG&E power lines were determined to be the cause of some of 2017's devastating wine country fires during periods of dry, windy weather conditions.


In Colfax, one of the communities facing potential power outages, staff members at both Sierra Market and Hills Flat Lumber Company hardware store said customers have been stocking up on supplies.






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