UPDATE (9/21): PG&E crews are working to complete line patrols and say power should be restored by 6 p.m. tonight.
PG&E shut off power for 599 customers in Kern County Monday night and Tuesday morning, depending on the time of the wind event as part of the Public Safety Power Shutoff.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) (9/18) — PG&E says forecasts of dry offshore winds elevating the risk of wildfire could force a power shutoff for several hundred homes and businesses in parts of Kern County beginning Monday.
The utility said Sunday its Public Safety Power Shutoff could affect 845 homes and businesses beginning Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. A community resource shelter will be set up at Tejon Elementary School Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A PG&E map showing future PSPS-related outages showed an area off Comanche Drive and south of Rio Bravo in East Bakersfield, areas north of Bakersfield at Granite, Famoso and Woody roads, areas in southern Kern County in Lebec and Fort Tejon, and an area near Bear Valley Springs could be affected.
PG&E said its forecasters anticipate a weather “all clear” beginning sometime Monday afternoon depending on location.
Power companies use Public Safety Power Shutoffs to proactively de-energize power lines and shut off power when there is a forecast for wildfire risk. PG&E calls it a “last-resort” tool to reduce wildfire risk.
Areas of 10 counties in California could be affected by possible PSPS shutoffs beginning Monday, with a majority of them in Northern California.