Pacific Power concludes Public Safety Power Shutoff watch for Weed, Calif. area

September 17, 2020

WEED, Calif. — Areas around Weed, Calif., which is considered a high fire risk area, were under a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) watch today, September 17, beginning at 2 p.m. Real time weather observation and station measurements indicated PSPS conditions diminished by 6 p.m. removing the greater Weed area from the watch status. Elevated winds were experienced in areas north of Weed. However not at a level in combination with additional fire weather metrics that would require a PSPS.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during this PSPS watch event” said Erik Brookhouse, vice president of system, operations. “Turning off power to customers is not something we take lightly and would only use a PSPS as a last resort for public safety.”

Turning off power during a PSPS is done to prevent wind-blown or falling debris from making contact with energized power lines. It 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.  

Customers have been notified of that the PSPS watch has ended.  

Visit pacificpower.net/psps for additional information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs, wildfire safety and emergency preparedness. 

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