Electricity Being Shut Off in California to Prevent Fires

In California, the power company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is shutting off electricity to northern parts of the state, due to high winds and dry conditions.

The temporary, pre-emptive shutdowns are to prevent outbreaks of deadly wildfires caused by high winds blowing down power lines.

The company explained further on their website, “We know how much our customers rely on electric service and that there are safety risks on both sides. We understand and appreciate that turning off the power affects first responders and the operation of critical facilities, communications systems and much more.”

PG&E’s preventive action arises from the recent fire that completely burned down the town of Paradise.

CBN News previously reported on those conditions, “It was just constant explosions…cars are trying to go around the side and bursting into flames and people are getting out of their cars and running down the middle of the road,” Allyn Pierce said about his terrifying escape from Paradise, California in 2018.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a statement  in May determining the cause of the fire. The investigation reveals that the “Camp Fire” was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E.

Over the weekend, a brush fire broke out in Yolo County. The “Sand Fire” grew to 2,200 acres and about 125 people have been evacuated.

KTXL in Sacramento said, despite challenges fire crews were beginning to make progress. By Sunday night, the fire was 20 percent contained and a Red Flag Warning for Yolo County and other parts of Northern California had expired.

In Valencia, California, a brush fire threatened the Six Flags Magic Mountain water park. Officials ordered an evacuation, but then canceled it.

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SOURCE: CBN