UPDATE (Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m.): P&E says it has given Kern County an “all clear” from a strong wind event that forced a power outage to hundreds of homes and businesses and has begun inspecting its equipment if repairs are needed before reenergizing power lines and restoring power.
UPDATE (Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.): PG&E confirmed that 617 homes and businesses in Kern County have had their power shutoff Wednesday night because of wildfire risk from strong winds. PG&E said it will monitor the weather system bringing the winds which is expected to pass by Thursday.
UPDATE (Dec. 2 at 3:10 p.m.): PG&E confirmed it will shut down power lines beginning at 7 p.m. in a move that is expected to impact 600 residents. Power will be restored in stages after the lines are examined for damage when winds are expected to subside Thursday afternoon.
The goal is to restore power to all customers “within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed,” the utility said.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — PG&E said an estimated 600 Kern County residents could be impacted by a planned power shutoff tonight to reduce the risk of wildfires sparked by power lines.
The shutoff is expected to begin at 5 p.m., the utility said. Forecasts show “high fire-risk” conditions with potentially strong, dry offshore winds beginning this evening and ending Thursday afternoon.
PG&E said its goal is to restore power as quickly as possible based on weather conditions.