UPDATED 3 p.m. — PG&E has announced that they are expecting another possible bout of fire weather and high wind this weekend, beginning in some portions of California on Saturday and continuing through Monday, and are warning that they may decide to preform another preemptive in power shutdown. This possibility is still in the "elevated risk" category of their chart system.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the utility company has issued this weather forecast, which denotes the different potential levels for a power shutoff in different portions of the state. PG&E has put zones 2, 4 (which includes some portions of Mendocino County), and 5 on "elevated" watch for a potential power shutdown on Saturday, and starting Sunday, the company has put eight out of the state's nine zones on an elevated watch for a shutdown.
Here's the company's seven day power shutdown graphic as of this afternoon; you can monitor the forecast at PG&E's weather webpage.
MENDOCINO Co., 10/23/19 — Pacific Gas & Electric has given the final confirmation that they will be shutting off power, beginning at 3 p.m Tuesday, in small portions of Mendocino County, and the utility company will be opening a “community resource center” in Potter Valley for people who will lose power.
Over the past couple days PG&E has been continuously revising plans for this week’s shutdown, including which portions of Mendocino County and how many Mendonesians will face a shutdown. This morning Mendocino County officials issued a statement saying that less than 400 customers total will lose power in the county; PG&E’s most recent press release puts the number at 158 customers.
There is also a red flag warning in effect, for fire weather risk, for a much larger portion of the interior parts of the county from the National Weather Service. Additionally, PG&E executives said in a press conference yesterday evening that another wave of fire weather and possible power shutdowns may occur this coming weekend in portions of Northern California.
There will also be a resource center opening in Potter Valley, according to the county: “PG&E will be opening a Community Resource Center (CRC) at the Potter Valley Bible Church, 10151 Main Street in Potter Valley. The CRC will open on Thursday, October 24th at 8am. The hours of operation will be 8:00 am through 8:00 pm for the duration of the outage.” County officials say power is expected to be restored on October 24; PG&E officials have said they hope to restore power by 24 to 48 hours after the fire risk event has ended, assuming no major repairs to equipment are necessary.
During the last shutdown, a community resource center was open in Ukiah with a power strip, water, a port-a-potty, a table and chairs, a 10 x 10 pop-up tent, and wifi. That center was located in an open lot donated by Factory Pipe next to the North State Street on ramp and closed at sunset, although it was guarded by security overnight (video here).
Here’s the current map sent by the county with the regions that will be shut off and the full county press release. You should have received an alert for your address if you’re signed up and you can check at the PG&E pge.com website. More information and background can be found in our coverage of the shutdown from yesterday at this link.
Ukiah, California: October 23, 2019
Update: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Scheduled for October 23, 2019 through October 24, 2019
The County of Mendocino has been notified by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) that power may be turned off in our area due to red flag warnings and fire hazard conditions. At this time, 17 counties are anticipated to be impacted, including portions of Mendocino County. Potentially affected areas in Mendocino County include Hopland area east of Highway 175, portions of Potter Valley and southeastern Mendocino County near the Mendocino/Sonoma County line. The most recent PG&E map is attached. The scope of the outage in Mendocino County has changed and PG&E now estimates that less than 400 customers in Mendocino County will lose power. This information continues to evolve and could change prior to the scheduled event. PG&E encourages customers to use the PSPS address lookup tool at www.pge.com to get the most accurate information.
De-energization will be initiated by PG&E at 3:00pmtoday,Wednesday,October23 ,withpower
restoration estimated to occur on October 24, 2019.
PG&E will be opening a Community Resource Center (CRC) at the Potter Valley Bible Church, 10151 Main Street in Potter Valley. The CRC will open on Thursday, October 24th at 8am. The hours of operation will be 8:00 am through 8:00 pm for the duration of the outage.
Residents should be prepared with food, water, and any other necessary supplies for this potential extended outage. Residents can visit PG&E’s website www.pge.com and the resources below for power outage information.
Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Resources:
PG&E Community Resource Center (CRC) – 1775 N State St, Ukiah CA 95482 (anticipated to open at 8:00 am on 10/24)
PSPS Service Impact Map – https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/psps- service-impact-map.page
PSPS Address Lookup Tool - https://psps.ss.pge.com/
PG&E Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pacificgasandelectric/
PG&E Twitter – https://twitter.com/PGE4Me
PG&E - 1-800-743-5009
PSPS Information and Local Resources – https://www.mendocinocounty.org/PSPS Mendocino County Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty Mendocino County Twitter – @countymendocino
501 Low Gap Rd, Rm 1010 Office: 707-463-4441 Ukiah, CA 95482-3734 Fax: 707-463-5649
Mendocino County Instagram – @countyofmendocino
Mendocino County Sheriff Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff
For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-463-4441.