Pacific Gas & Electric said it could issue power shutoffs in parts of 16 counties in California to prevent wildfires, outages that could affect nearly 40,000 customers.
As the flames from the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California’s history, continue to spread, the state’s largest utility says it might shut off power, including in areas near the fire, to prevent further blazes from sparking.
Pacific Gas & Electric said late Sunday that it might issue power shut-offs affecting 16 California counties to prevent wildfires, outages that could impact nearly 40,000 customers. The majority of affected customers would be in Butte and Shasta counties, the company said. Butte County is one of four counties where the Dixie Fire is raging.
The Dixie Fire had mushroomed to more than 569,000 acres as of early Monday. More than 6,500 firefighters are battling a blaze that has destroyed nearly 1,200 structures, including more than 600 residences, since it began burning more than a month ago.
Source: California wildfires: PG&E may shut down power for thousands of residents as Dixie Fire rages – The Washington Post