Wildfire risk prompts power shut-offs to 1m Californians as high winds forecast

The Guardian | Oct 26, 2020 at 7:36 PM
  • An estimated 1 million Californians were without power on Monday during what officials have said could be the strongest wind event in California this year.
  • Utility companies cut off power to about 300,000 customers in the state in an effort to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires amid powerful winds and dangerously dry weather conditions.
  • It is the fifth time this year that Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has cut power to customers in an effort to reduce the risk that downed or fouled power lines or other equipment could ignite a blaze.