Learn the role weather plays in a power shutoff


If weather forecasts indicate gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, it may be necessary for us to turn off the electricity serving that area. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).


Learn more about a PSPS

The information in this map is intended only to provide customers with a general estimate regarding potential locations that may be impacted by a PSPS event should one become necessary. Conditions affecting a possible PSPS event can change quickly and the actual impact of a future PSPS event is uncertain.

 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 

NOTE: This forecast is based on weather conditions and fuel moisture content only and does not include other criteria used to determine whether a PSPS may be necessary.

No Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are anticipated for the foreseeable future.  Areas of dense fog will linger across the interior this morning with high clouds continuing to increase through the day.  There is a slight chance for some widely scattered showers to develop this afternoon, generally north of the Bay Area and over elevated terrain; otherwise, mild and dry weather is expected under mostly cloudy skies.  Rain showers associated with a weak passing system will spread into Humboldt and along the North Coast tonight through Friday morning with a chance for light showers to reach the North Bay late Friday morning.  Elsewhere, areas of night and morning fog expected to develop with dry weather continuing through the day under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Apart from a chance for light showers to develop over Humboldt and along the North Coast Saturday morning, dry weather is expected to briefly return across the territory ahead of an approaching Pacific storm system.  The aforementioned system will deliver breezy south winds and periods of moderate to heavy rain to Humboldt Saturday evening into early Sunday morning before spreading light to moderate rain across the remainder of the territory during the day Sunday. A trailing system could maintain showery weather across the North into Monday, while dry weather returns across the South with additional precipitation possible across the far north through midweek. Most of the territory has received substantial rainfall since late November resulting in significant gains in soil and dead fuel moisture and annual green-up of grasses is in full-swing. Subsequently, the fire potential is expected to remain low for an extended period. However, PG&E Meteorology will continue to monitor fuel moisture levels and the state of the fine fuels should drier weather and the potential for wildfire return.     
   

Please note: This forecast is published daily by an operational meteorologist from PG&E’s Meteorology and Analytics team. This forecast has been customized for PG&E utility operations and should not be used for any other purpose or by any other entity. This forecast only provides a broad overview for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event in the next 7 days as determined from an analysis of forecasted weather, the potential for wind-related damage, and fuel moisture content in dead and live vegetation. It is not a fire danger forecast. The forecast is broken down by broad PG&E Geographic Zones numbered 1 - 9; however, PSPS decisions are made at more granular levels; thus, only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event. While a PSPS event may not be expected for an area, due to the interconnectivity of the grid any location within PG&E territory may be subject to PSPS event.

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Information is provided by weather stations or cameras throughout PG&E’s service territory. Note that weather stations vary in the type of information collected (i.e., one may report wind only, while another may report humidity, temperature, wind speed and more). Also, each weather station includes its own information timestamp.

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The information displayed on and available through this webpage is intended only to provide customers with a general estimate regarding potential locations that may be impacted by a PSPS event should one become necessary. Conditions affecting a possible PSPS event can change quickly and the actual impact of a future PSPS event is uncertain.