Karl Rodefer, Director
Tracie M. Riggs, Assistant Director
Liz Peterson, Coordinator
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for much of Northern California. Gusty winds and dry conditions combined with a heightened fire risk are forecast this week in Tuolumne County. The main period of weather risk will be Wednesday morning through Thursday midday.
As a precaution, PG&E plans to de-energize* power in Tuolumne County beginning Wednesday, 10/9/19. All the county’s PG&E customers could be affected.
PG&E will re-energize power as their lines and other infrastructure are inspected and deemed safe. Full power restoration could take up to 5 days so Tuolumne Country residents should be prepared to be without power for the duration of the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event.
Take Your Own Precautions:
- Make sure you have enough mediations (medications??) on hand as well as spare food and water
- Avoid all outdoor burning and other activities that could pose a fire danger
- Ensure generators are installed and being used properly
- Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, frail, or those with access and functional needs
- For Updated Power Outage Information:To view the PSPS maps of affected area: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural- disaster/wildfires/psps-event-maps.page
- For questions regarding PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, please:
- Call PG&E at 1-866-743-6589
- Email PG&E at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/wildfire-safety.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_wildfiresafety
- PG&E has launched a dedicated webpage with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day lookahead. The site shows when and where PG&E is forecasting the type of conditions that may lead to a PSPS event. https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural- disaster/wildfires/psps-weather-map.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_weather
- de-energize: new word for the dictionary. Alternate definition: cut the power. (That’s an editorial comment from Blythe, not the OES.)
Thank you PG&E and OES for keeping us updated on this potential power outage and its ramifications.