PG&E

Planned power shutoffs due to wildfire risk are possible in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties next week, according to seven-day forecast from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The utility showed on Friday evening that both counties were on a “Public Safety Power Shutoff watch” for Tuesday and Wednesday, which means there was a “reasonable chance” that the power could be shutoff due to weather and dry fuel conditions.

Liz Peterson, the county’s Office of Emergency Services coordinator, said in an email Friday afternoon that she was informed by PG&E that it was activating an emergency operations center for a potential shutoff. 

“At this point, they are still only watching the weather but you all should be aware that this is being considered,” she said.

The utility and others across California started implementing the so-called Public Safety Power Shutoffs, or PSPS, in the fall of last year that resulted in several days where both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties were left in the dark.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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