Why Public Safety Power Shutoffs occur
Cause of Public Safety Power Shutoffs
High winds can bring tree branches and debris into contact with energized lines, damage equipment and ignite a wildfire. As a result, we may need to turn off power during severe weather to help prevent wildfires. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
How PG&E determines a Public Safety Power Shutoff
In addition to accounting for the presence of trees tall enough to strike powerlines, we carefully review a combination of factors. These include :
Low humidity levels, 30% and below
Forecasted high winds above 19 mph with gusts above 30-40 mph
Condition of dry material on the ground and vegetation near lines
Red Flag Warning
A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service
On-the-ground, real-time observations
Weather and outage information for your area
Stay safe and informed. Monitor the following tools during a Public Safety Power Shutoff outage.
Find live weather information, including a seven-day forecast for potential shutoffs.
View current weather, including humidity, precipitation, temperature, wind speeds, wind gusts and Red Flag Warnings.
Report and view current outages by area and look up address-specific outage information.
To report or view current outages, visit our outages map.
Find current information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs and learn how you may be impacted.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has categorized regions according to their wildfire risk. Homes and businesses with powerlines in elevated (Tier 2) or extreme (Tier 3) wildfire risk areas have a higher chance of being affected by a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
Tier 3 fire-threat areas depict areas where there is an extreme risk (including likelihood and potential impacts on people and property) of wildfires.
Tier 2 fire-threat areas depict areas where there is an elevated risk (including likelihood and potential impacts on people and property) of wildfires.
To learn more about high fire-threat areas, visit the CPUC Fire-Threat map website.