PG&E Restores Power to More Than 10,000 in Butte, Plumas, Yuba Counties

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PG&E's safety power shutoff due to heightened fire risk was announced on October 4, 2019.  (Sheraz Sadiq / KQED News)

Updated Monday 8:30 a.m.

PG&E restored power on Sunday to all of the approximately 10,300 customers in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties who were affected by the power shutoffs.

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PG&E is currently conducting safety inspections in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties — the areas affected by the latest safety power shutoff, according to a company statement on Twitter.

As of noon on Sunday, PG&E said it had restored power to 2,500 customers in areas where safety patrols were completed. The utility company is estimating that power will be restored to a majority of areas sometime before 9 a.m. on Monday.

The power was initially shut off at about 10 p.m. Saturday in parts of the three counties, affecting about 10,300 customers.

Understanding the Power Shutoffs

PG&E crews will start patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers. The utility says the outages could last longer than 48 hours.

PG&E opened community resource centers in multiple locations on Sunday for those affected. The centers will each provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people. The three centers currently open are:

Brownsville - Mobile Resource Station
Ponderosa Community Center
17103 Ponderosa Way
Brownsville, CA 95919
Opening date: 10/06/19
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closing date: TBD

Strip Mall
14144 Lakeridge Ct.
Magalia, CA 95954
Opening date: 10/06/19
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closing date: TBD

Bird Street School
1421 Bird St.
Oroville, CA 95965
Opening date: 10/06/19
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closing date: TBD

PG&E was also monitoring weather conditions in El Dorado, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Tehama and Yolo counties as the forecast calls for gusty winds and hot, dry weather in Northern California inland areas.

Butte County is where a wildfire blamed on PG&E transmission lines killed 85 people last year and devastated the town of Paradise.