California power outages aim to prevent wildfires caused by high winds

USA Today 1 month ago

James Cooke is shown buying water bottles along with propane tanks and batteries at a ACE Hardware store as he prepares for a possible power shutdown in Los Gatos, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2019. Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines.

A view of power lines near homes in Oakland, Calif. on Oct. 8, 2019. The Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utilities company has confirmed that around 800,00 customers across 34 Northern California counties would be left without power starting at midnight as a precaution due to dry conditions and high wildfire risk. It will be California's largest power outage in history.

The lantern section is nearly empty at an ACE Hardware store as shoppers prepare for possible power shutoffs in Los Gatos, Calif., Oct. 8, 2019.

Joe Wilson pulls his generator out in the garage of his home, which is in an area that is expected to lose power early Wednesday, in the East Foothills area of San Jose, Calif., Oct. 8, 2019.

A view of the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) substation in Oakland, Calif. on OCt. 8, 2019.

A view of power lines in the hills of Oakland, Oct. 8, 2019.

In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. The utility says power could be shut off in 30 counties in central and Northern California starting Wednesday, Oct. 9, when hot weather and strong winds are forecast, and through Thursday.

In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles are parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif.


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