North Bay Communities Prepare for Sunday Power Shutoffs, High Fire DangerMany of the same areas affected by wildfire are also affected by PG&E’s public safety power shutoffs and Sonoma County has got pretty good at preparing for both situations.
UPDATE: Pope Fire Burns 67 Acres Near Angwin In Napa County, 50% ContainedCrews in the North Bay are making progress containing the Pope Fire that broke out in Napa County east of the communities of Angwin and Saint Helena Friday afternoon.
Update: PG&E Plans Sunday Power Shutoffs for 1 Million California ResidentsPG&E said it will black out customers in 38 California counties -- including most of the San Francisco Bay Area -- as weather forecasts called for a return of bone-dry, gusty weather that carries the threat of downing or fouling power lines
UPDATE: Red Flag Warning In Bay Area Starts Sunday; Strongest Winds Of Year ForecastThe National Weather Service on Friday upgraded a declared Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills and valleys, the North Bay Mountains and Santa Cruz Mountains starting Sunday morning.
Bay Area Fire Weather Watch Declared For Early Next Week, 'Strongest' Winds Of The Year PossibleA Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Bay Area for early next week, as forecasters warn of "critical to extreme" conditions due to strong winds and low humidity.
PSPS Update: Reduced Public Safety Power Shutoff Won't Affect Bay Area CountiesOfficials with PG&E announced Thursday morning that the planned Public Safety Power Shutoff has been scaled back and would not impact any Bay Area counties.
PSPS: Over 4,000 Bay Area Customers To Be Impacted In Latest Round Of OutagesPacific Gas & Electric Co. announced that 37,000 customers in 15 counties will have their electricity turned off in the latest round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
Red Flag Warning Issued For Fire-Weary North Bay - 'Winds Whipping Back Up'A Red Flag Warning has been issued for fire-weary North Bay communities on Monday, as forecasters predict bursts of gusty offshore winds, along with continued dry conditions.
Untrained PG&E Employees Bungled 2019 Power Blackouts, Report FindsAmong hundreds of people in 2019 who handled the public safety power blackouts at PG&E’s emergency operations center, only a handful had any training in the disaster response playbook that California has used for a generation.
UPDATE: Newsom Says President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration After Phone CallGov. Gavin Newsom on Friday afternoon tweeted that he had spoken to President Donald Trump on the phone and gotten approval for California's Major Disaster Declaration request.
PSPS: Outages Leave 22,000 Bay Area PG&E Customers Without Electricity Amid Red-Flag Fire WarningMore than 22,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in the Bay Area remained without electricity Thursday due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff, a measure taken to decrease the risk of wildfires.
Sonoma County Voters Overcome Obstacles Of Wildfires, Evacuations, COVID-19 To Cast BallotsAlong with the COVID-19 pandemic, voting in Sonoma County comes with the extra challenges of wildfires, evacuations, and the possibility of being forced to evacuate again.
UPDATE: PG&E Says PSPS Likely During Fire Weather Watch For North Bay, East Bay Hills, Santa Cruz MountainsWith hot, dry and windy conditions forecast later this week, PG&E officials said more public safety power shutoffs were likely in some parts of the Bay Area during the upcoming fire weather watch.
Air District Lifts Spare The Air Alerts Early As Glass Fire Reaches 96% ContainmentSpare the Air alerts that had been issued for Monday and Tuesday because of unhealthy amounts of wildfire smoke expected in the Bay Area have been lifted because fire containment and onshore winds have kept most of the smoke from settling around the region.
Glass Fire: Many Evacuees Still Without Power; Crews Brought In To Help Restore ElectricityWith the Glass Fire nearly 75 percent contained as of Friday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is assembling crews to begin the enormous task of restoring power.