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.

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