Power shut off to millions in California as wildfire risks rise

Power shut off to millions in California as wildfire risks riseElectricity was shut off to more than 500,000 California homes and businesses on Wednesday as Pacific Gas and Electric Co imposed a planned power outage of unprecedented scale to reduce wildfire risks posed by high winds and hot, dry weather. A second phase of the “public safety power shutoff” was slated to begin at midday, extending cutoffs to another 234,000 customers, the utility said, and it was considering a third phase for 42,000 more homes and businesses. The outages were planned for communities across 34 of the state’s 58 counties, all in PG&E’s service area in northern and central California.



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