Office of Emergency Services (OES) Press Release

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
  • 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.

About Blythe

My husband Russ and I have been full time Mi Wuk residents since 2003 and part time residents since 1987. Reality says that it's time to move on though and we'll be moving to Boise, Idaho at the end of 2019. I've been on the MAHA board for 'a long time' and am happy to be there so I can know what's going on in our community. I've also been on the MWSP Fire Protection District Fire Board since 2016 (or was it 2015?). You can always reach me at blythek@mac.com .
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