UPDATE 10/23/19 12 pm – Read the latest here.
Update 10/23/19 9 am — PG&E has now further reduced the projected scope of the planned power outage. They are now saying that power will only be cut to a small number of customers along SR-175 between Lake and Mendocino counties, east of Hopland.
It appears that these customers have been added to the list, but that other may have been taken off, though PG&E’s press release issued this morning still says that 158 customers will lose power and includes Potter Valley and Yorkville, other PG&E communication indicates that only the people along the 175 will lose power.
The County of Mendocino is expected to put out more detailed information in the next couple hours, and we will continue to update.
MENDOCINO Co., 10/22/19 — Round two of Pacific Gas & Electric’s program of preemptive power shut-offs is so far unfolding much like round one, at least in terms of how well the company is communicating with its customers and the press. Whereas the utility company had initially estimated that over 1000 customers would have the power cut off, in Mendocino County, meaning several thousand actual people — they are now saying that only 158 customers will suffer and outage, and that only two of those will be “baseline medical” customers. They have revised their statewide number down to 189,000 customers.
In their press release sent to media this afternoon PG&E said they will continue to send out notices today, “If you do NOT receive a notification from PG&E, you are NOT in the areas we anticipate that would be impacted.” The areas expected to be hit are a portion of Potter Valley, Cominsky Station along U.S. Route 101 south of Hopland, and Yorkville along SR-128.
A red flag warning, indicating critical fire weather with low humidity and high winds, has been declared for much of the North Bay, Central Valley, and portions of Mendocino County especially at higher elevation:
Here is our reporting from yesterday: