Once again, PG&E is planning more potential power shutdowns and blackouts this weekend as Red Flag conditions come to northern California. But this time around, the shutdown could affect 940,000 people, possibly even more than the first time in October. If this PG&E shutoff is initiated, it will be due to gusty winds and dry conditions causing an increased fire risk. Now SCE (SoCal Edison) is also planning power outages too. (If you want to learn about the latest fires in California, see Heavy’s story here.)
To stay updated on shutoffs in your area, call 1-866-743-6589 or fill out an online form here. You can get power shutoff alerts here. You can also get text updates by texting ENROLL to 976-33. Or enroll in ZIP code alerts by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
You can sign up for updates from SoCal Edison here.
PG&E noted on October 25 that shutdowns may begin on October 26 and some will continue into October 27. More than 900,000 PG&E customers will be included in the shutoffs, not including those affected by SoCal Edison’s shutoffs.
Maps Showing Outage Areas for PG&E and SCE
PG&E provides the following map (which you can view in full here) showing areas that may be affected by the outage.
The official address to look up and see if you might be affected by the PSPS is here. This tool is only useful before an outage to determine if your address might be affected.
After the outage begins, the best site for seeing current outages is PG&E’s official outage map here. At that map, you can enter your address to determine if there’s an outage near you and when power might be back on. The map above will no longer be relevant once the power outages have started.
Here is Southern California Edison’s planned power outage map below. This was shared by ABC 7. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map using the + icon on the bottom to see your region.
SoCal Edison has current outages with estimated restoration times in a map here.
An alternative map to track power outages, planned shutoff areas, and power outage incidents, is found on ARCGIS here. The map is also below. It was shared on Reddit originally by u/CPhTonReddit, and was created by Solano County on October 9. Although it was created October 9, it continues to be updated for new and ongoing outages. You can zoom in or out using the + or – icons to view more details. Note that the map doesn’t just include planned outages, but notices about weather events that could affect outages and current outages from other sources. NOTE: This map below should only be used as a backup for PG&E’s official maps, which are listed above.
The map above sometimes requires a login to view. It’s created by Solano County, although it appears to have more details than just for that county. You can sign up for a free 21-day trial, which should cover you during the outage to keep viewing the map above. Go to this link to sign up for an ArcGIS online free trial.
Timing for Outages
PG&E began restoring power in some areas on October 25, but then had to shut down power in regions for October 26-27.
For areas that could be affected this weekend, PG&E says that the windy weather event was expected to arrive in the area between 6 and 10 p.m. on Saturday and last until midday on Monday. PG&E would need to start shutting off power several hours before the wind event arrives. PG&E noted: “PG&E customers across Northern and Central California will feel the effects of hot, dry winds at different times, which means outage times will vary, as well.”
This could affect 900,000 customers or more across 36 counties, depending on what happens with the weather and wind.
The timing includes the following, which could change depending on the weather:
- Phase 1 will begin around 2 p.m. on October 26, including “Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Sierra, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama and Yuba.”
- Phase 2 will begin around 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, including: “Lake, Marin, Mendocino (south), Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo.”
- Phase 3 begins around 5 p.m. on October 26, including: “Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stanislaus”
- Phase 4 begins 5 p.m. on October 26, including: “Alpine, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne”
- Phase 5 begins around 5 p.m. on October 26, including: “Humboldt, Mendocino (north) and Trinity”
- Phase 6 begins around 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, including: “Kern County”
PG&E Counties & Cities That Could Be Impacted
Here is a list of counties and cities that could be impacted, as provided by PG&E on October 25. A few more areas were added on October 26 and are listed in the section above.
- Alameda County (57,360 customers inc. 1,302 medical baseline) in Albany, Berkeley, Canyon, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Sunol
- Alpine County (66 customers inc. 0 medical baseline) in Bear Valley
- Amador County (19,909 customers inc. 974 medical baseline) in Amador City, Drytown, Fiddletown, Ione, Jackson, Martell, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek, Volcano
- Butte County (19,152 inc. 1,398 medical baseline) in Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Butte Meadows, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Palermo, Paradise, Rackerby, Stirling City, Yankee Hill
- Calaveras County (30,396 inc. 1,370 medical baseline) in Angels Camp, Arnold, Avery, Burson, Camp Connell, Campo Seco, Copperopolis, Dorrington, Douglas Flat, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, Tamarack, Vallecito, Valley Springs, Wallace, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville
- Colusa County (64 inc. 2 medical baseline) in Arbuckle, Maxwell, Sites, Williams
- Contra Costa County (48,824 inc. 1,610 medical baseline) in Alamo, Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Canyon, Clayton, Concord, Crockett, Danville, Diablo, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Knightsen, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek
- El Dorado County (56,643 inc. 2,774 medical baseline) in Cameron Park, Camino, Cold Springs, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Somerset, Twin Bridges
- Glenn County (43 inc. 2 medical baseline) in Orland, Willows
- Humboldt County (64,710 inc. 2,057 medical baseline) in Alderpoint, Alton, Arcata, Bayside, Blocksburg Blue Lake, Bridgeville, Carlotta, Eureka, Fernbridge, Ferndale, Fieldbrook, Fields, Landing, Fortuna, Garberville, Honeydew, Hoopa, Hydesville, Kneeland, Korbel, Loleta Manila, Mckinleyville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Orick, Orleans, Phillipsville, Redcrest, Rio Dell, Samoa, Scotia, Trinidad, Weitchpec, Weott, Willow Creek
- Kern County (842 inc. 27 medical baseline) in Arvin, Bakersfield, Lebec, Grapevine
- Lake County (37,441 inc. 2,170 medical baseline) in Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Glenhaven, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Loch Lomond, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Nice, Upper Lake, Witter Springs
- Marin County (86,813 inc. 1,574 medical baseline) in Belvedere, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Dillon Beach, Fairfax, Fallon, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Inverness, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, Tomales, Woodacre
- Mariposa County (809 inc. 42 medical baseline) in Coulterville, Greeley Hill
- Mendocino County (12,755 inc. 408 medical baseline) in Albion, Boonville, Branscomb, Cummings, Dos Rios, Elk, Gualala, Hopland, Laytonville, Leggett, Little River, Manchester, Philo, Piercy, Point Arena, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Ukiah, Westport, Willits, Yorkville
- Monterey County (993 inc. 49 medical baseline) in Aromas, Salinas
- Napa County (11,294 inc. 248 medical baseline) in Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, St Helena, Yountville
- Nevada County (43,211 inc. 1,822 medical baseline) in Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Norden, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough And Ready, Smartsville, Soda Springs, Washington
- Placer County (31,277 inc. 1,275 medical baseline) in Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Granite Bay, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Penryn, Weimar
- Plumas County (785 inc. 6 medical baseline) in Belden, La Porte, Quincy, Storrie, Twain
- San Benito County (1,369 inc. 39 medical baseline) in Aromas, Hollister, San Juan Bautista
- San Joaquin County (372 inc. 5 medical baseline) in Linden
- San Mateo County (64,932 inc. 1,293 medical baseline) in Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Gregorio, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside, Unincorporated Communities in Southwest San Mateo County
- Santa Clara County (27,093 inc. 823 medical baseline) in Coyote, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Redwood Estates, San Jose, San Martin
- Santa Cruz County (44,945 inc. 2,095 medical baseline) in Aptos, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, Capitola, Corralitos, Felton, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Mount Hermon, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel
- Shasta County (28,460 inc. 1,663 medical baseline) in Anderson, Bella Vista, Big Bend, Cottonwood, French Gulch, Igo, Lakehead, Millville, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Ono, Palo Cedro, Platina, Round Mountain, Shingletown, Whiskeytown, Whitmore
- Sierra County (1,159 inc. 14 medical baseline) in Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City
- Siskiyou County (51 inc. 0 medical baseline) in Somes Bar
- Solano County (10,232 inc. 545 medical baseline) in Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo
- Sonoma County (92,877 inc. 2,695 medical baseline) in Annapolis, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Camp Meeker, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Cotati, Duncans Mills, Forestville, Freestone, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Larkfield, Monte Rio, Occidental, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rio Nido, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Stewarts Point, Valley Ford, Villa Grande, Windsor
- Stanislaus County (163 inc. 2 medical baseline) in Knights Ferry, Oakdale, Patterson, Westley
- Tehama County (19,238 inc. 1,218 medical baseline) in Corning, Flournoy, Gerber, Los Molinos, Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paskenta, Paynes Creek, Proberta, Red Bluff, Vina
- Trinity County (1,046 inc. 39 medical baseline) in Del Loma, Hawkins Bar
- Tuolumne County (29,454 inc. 1,476 medical baseline) in Big Oak Flat, Chinese Camp, Columbia, Groveland, Jamestown, Long Barn, Mi Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Sonora, Soulsbyville, Strawberry, Twain Harte
- Yolo County (530 inc. 15 medical baseline) in Brooks, Capay, Esparto, Guinda, Rumsey, Winters
- Yuba County (5,502 inc. 313 medical baseline) in Browns Valley, Camptonville, Dobbins, Loma Rica, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley, Wheatland
SoCal Edison’s List of Cities with Possible Outages
Currently affected by SoCal Edison shutoffs as of October 27 at 11:45 a.m.:
Los Angeles County (233 customers)
- Unincorporated areas including Agua Dulce
San Bernardino County (364 customers)
- Hesperia Map 1, Hesperia Map 2
- Unincorporated areas including Oak Hills, Lugo, Summit Terrance and Antelope Valley
Under PSPS consideration– 161,673 customers
- Unincorporated areas including Aspendell, Bishop Creek Rd, Coats Meadows, Round Valley, Scheelite
- Unincorporated areas including Bear Valley Springs Map 1, Bear Valley Springs Map 2, Bodfish, Lake Isabella, Miracle Hot Springs, Cameron, southwest of Cameron, Monolith, Sand Canyon, Kernville, Cyrus Flats, Stallion Springs, South of Twin
Los Angeles County
- Covina, Glendale Map 1, Glendale Map 2, La Canada-Flintridge, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Palmdale
- Unincorporated areas including Altadena, East Pasadena, Acton, Agua Dulce, along Angeles Crest Hwy, Big Pines, Canyon Country, Falling Springs, Jackson Lake, La Crescenta Map 1, La Crescenta Map 2, La Crescenta-Montrose, Lakeview Terrace, Little Rock, East of Llano near Pearblosson, Mint Canyon, Mount Baldy, Mount Disappointment, Mount Wilson, San Antonio Heights, Singing Springs, Sun Village, Three Points City, Vincent.
- Mammoth Lakes Map 1, Mammoth Lakes Map 2, Mammoth Lakes Map 3
- Unincorporated areas including Benton, Benton Hot Springs, Hammil, Bridgeport, Bridgeport Valley, Dog Town Map 1, Dog Town Map 2, east of Hwy 395, Fales Hot Springs, Sonora Junction, Gorge Pipeline, Lee Vining Map 1, Lee Vining Map 2, Lee Vining Canyon, Mammoth Lakes – Core Map 1, Mammoth Lakes – Core Map 2, Mammoth Lakes – Trails, Old Mammoth Lakes Basin, upper Lee Vining Canyon, Lower Rock Creek, Silver Lake, Mount Downs, Wilson Butte, China Town, Mono City, Mono Lake, Mono Village, Robinson Creek, Tuolumne Meadows, Willow Springs Map 1, Willow Springs Map 2.
- Irvine, Lake Forest, Orange
- Unincorporated areas including Coal Canyon, Modjeska, Portola Hills, Silverado, El Modena Map 1, El Modena Map 2, Panorama Heights Map 1, Panorama Heights Map 2, Cowan Heights Map 1, Cowan Heights Map 2, Irvine Regional Park, Orange Park Estates, Trabuco Canyon, Robinson Ranch.
- Banning, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs
- Unincorporated areas including North Palm Springs, Cabazon, Whitewater and Whitewater Canyon.
San Bernardino County
- Big Bear Lake, Fontana Map 1, Fontana Map 2, Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Berndardino, Upland, Yucca Valley
- Unincorporated areas including Agua Fria, Alessandro, Antelope Valley, Arrowhead, Arrowhead Equestrian Estates, Arrowhead Farms Map 1, Arrowhead Farms Map 2, Cajon, Carey, Cedar Pines Park, Chaffey College School, Crestline, Del Rosa Map 1, Del Rosa Map 2, Devils Canyon, Devore, Devore Heights, Doble, Ferrara, Hudson, Las Plazas, Leona Valley, Lincoln Crest, Little Morongo Heights, Lucerne Valley, Lugo, Lytle Creek, Mill Creek Canyon, Angelus Oaks, Pinezanita, Converse Flats, Morongo Valley, Mount Vernon, Muscoy, Nena, North Park, NorthShore Drive, north of Big Bear, North of Doble, North of Lake Arrowhead, Oak Hills, Palm Wells, Phelan, Rim of the World, Rosena Ranch, Roosevelt, San Bernardino High School, Serrano Village, Shandin Hills, Silverwood Lake, southern Morongo Valley, South of Cushenbury, south of Glen Helen Regional Park, Sterling Map 1, Sterling Map 2, Summit Terrace, Twin Peaks, University Map 1, Universit Map 2, Upper Holcomb Valley, Valley of Enchantment, Wildwood Park
- Camarillo, Moorpark, Oaji, Santa Paula, Simi Valley Map 1, Simi Valley Map 2, Simi Valley Map 3, Ventura
- Unincorporated areas including Santa Susana Map 1, Santa Susana Map 2, Saticoy, south of Hwy 118
When Will Power Be Restored?
PG&E noted the following: “Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided. Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage of at least two days once the severe weather has passed.”
Preparing for an Outage
The webpage here gives tips for preparing for a shutoff and how to make sure that PG&E can reach you for updates.
Here is the advice that PG&E shares. First, you’ll see advice on planning to be without electricity.
And here is the advice on steps to take during an outage.
In short, you’re told to unplug and turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage from surges. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power is back. Once it returns, turn on your appliances one at a time. Refrigerators may stay cold for four hours and a full freezer can keep its temperature for up to 48 hours, as long as both are kept closed. Coolers with ice can also be used.
Generators, camp stoves, and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors, PG&E notes.