California gets ready for more wildfires, and power outages as the Weather Won’t cooperate
As firefighters got a grip on a blaze that tore through the swanky Pacific Palisades, other Californians are at risk of unpredictable wildfires this week.
About 209,000 customers could have their electricity shut off this week mitigate the threat, Pacific Gas & Electric said.
“The possible safety shutoff is intended for varying start times based on location beginning Wednesday evening,” the company stated.
The power shutoff could affect 15 counties in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay, including Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Sierra, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba counties, PG&E said.
Clients will be advised by texts, emails and automated phone calls about two days ahead of time.
PG&E’s announcement comes as firefighters grapple with a busy wildfire season.
The Small Mountain wildfire burning in San Bernardino County has ruined at least three houses and injured at least one firefighter, the San Bernardino County Fire District said.
Another 40 houses continue to be threatened by the fire, which has been hard to contain as a result of high winds and sloping terrain.
Windy conditions in the San Bernardino area will likely continue through Tuesday, the fire district stated.
A helicopter makes a water drop in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
On Monday, the Pacific Palisades fire torched 40 acres, Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler said.
Many Californians are grappling with the fact that wildfires can hit at any time.
“You go into denial instantly, stating,’I hope it is not exactly what I think it is,'” Charlie Lyons said after he noticed the plumes of smoke when hiking Monday. “We are in a terrible cycle at the moment.”
His daughter, also named Charlie, said she feared for the worst.
“I immediately started packing my stuff, my valuables,” 22-year-old Charlie Lyons said. “My buddy last year lost her home in Malibu. You can not predict what Mother Nature will do.”