Parts of Western Nevada County have been issued a Red Flag Warning, the highest alert for fire danger, by the National Weather Service (NWS) starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8th, through 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9th. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has issued notice that they might be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff in several Northern California counties; including portions of Auburn, Grass Valley, Smartville, Rough and Ready, and Penn Valley in Nevada County; within the next 18 to 36 hours.
Always take the following precautions on a Red Flag Warning day:
- Be prepared for the possibility of a Public Utility Power Shutoff. Have food, lighting, water, and charged batteries that will last for several days.
- Never burn on a Red Flag Warning day.
- Park your vehicle towards the roadway and load your Go Bag. Prepare for quick evacuation.
- Know how to open your garage if power is unavailable.
- Be sure you have a full tank of gas.
- Keep pets nearby.
- Have a plan to transport large animals and livestock.
- Always check towing equipment and eliminate dragging hazards.
- Do not mow or trim dry grass.
- Do not use equipment outdoors that may create a spark.
- Never park on dry grass.
Find Current Weather Conditions and Warnings from NWS Sacramento
PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs
For the Sierra foothills, there is the potential for a Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting about 21,000 customers starting around 9 p.m. on Saturday with the peak period of fire risk lasting until 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Areas where power might be shut off:
Nevada County: Portions of Auburn, Grass Valley, Smartville, Rough and Ready, Penn Valley
If you live in these communities, PG&E will attempt to contact you via telephone, text and email.
Public Safety Power Shutoff Criteria
No single factor drives a Public Safety Power Shutoff, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:
A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
- Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
- Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
- Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content
- On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and observations from PG&E field crews
As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:
- Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
- Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
- Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
Read PG&E’s Full News Release Here
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