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Northern California Braces for a Huge Power-Cut Due to Wildfire Threat

Oct 9, 2019 by CharismaticMannequin

A power company in California is pulling the plug, cutting power to nearly 800,000 homes, businesses and other properties around North California, in an effort to prevent wildfire from occurring. 

“Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area - though not the city itself - are expected to be affected. 

The region’s utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), has warned the shut down could last several days.

The move has drawn anger from some residents.” (BBC)

Weather forecasts are predicting high winds sweeping across the area, so the idea is that fallen power lines will be inactive, meaning a reduced risk of fires breaking out. High winds combined with the current warmth and dryness in California means the chance of fires breaking out is very high. 

Last year, the “Camp Fire” in Paradise burned 150,000 acres of land, and causing 86 people to lose their lives. An investigation into the event found that the power company’s equipment was to blame for the blaze beginning. This follows 2017’s deadly fires, for which the company was also blamed. 

Fingers crossed we don’t see similar blazes this year, given PG&E’s pre-planning; though due to the fact they’re the sole energy provider in the North of California, it’s leaving quite a few people without alternate means of power.

As annoying as that is, better a small period of time without power, than losing homes and lives to something preventable. In the meantime, let’s hope the power company - who are currently in the process of declaring bankruptcy - or whoever replaces them can improve the safety of their infrastructure.

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