WEED, Calif. — Pacific Power is closely monitoring weather conditions in Weed, Calif., which is considered a high fire risk area, and may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Sunday, September 13th beginning late morning extending into the early evening.
The measure is a proactive effort to mitigate wildfire risk in the face of hazardous fire weather conditions including extremely low humidity, dry vegetation, elevated levels on key weather indexes and sustained winds and gusts. Current forecasts indicate PSPS conditions could be met Sunday, September 13th beginning late morning extending into the early evening. Although the entirety of the Weed area has entered a PSPS watch, a section between north Weed and Lake Shastina is of particular concern.
“We are doing all that we can to protect our customers and communities during this time of historic weather conditions and wildfires affecting the regions we serve,” said Jeff Bolton, emergency manager. “For high-risk areas, a Public Safety Power Outage is one way we can help ensure safety, along with work we already do to de-energize lines and make repairs to aid emergency responders.”
Approximately 2,500 customers in Weed could be affected. Those customers have been notified of the watch through phone calls, email and text messages. Affected customers will continue to receive updates through ongoing communications. Customers can use the interactive map at www.pacificpower.net/psps to see if they are located in a PSPS area. Customers are encouraged to be prepared and have an outage kit ready.
For all non-emergency questions about the PSPS, customers and the public should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
Turning off power during a Public Safety Power Shutoff is done to prevent wind-blown or falling debris from making contact with energized power lines. Pacific Power crews will actively patrol and remove debris from lines and make repairs if needed. Once line inspections are complete and extreme weather conditions have subsided, Pacific Power will re-energize the lines.
Visit pacificpower.net/psps for additional information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs, wildfire safety and emergency preparedness.
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