Pacific Power continues to closely monitor Weed, Calif. area for wildfire risk and possible Public Safety Power Shutoff today

September 17, 2020

WEED, Calif. — Areas around Weed, Calif., which is considered a high fire risk area, remain under a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) watch today, September 17th beginning at 2 p.m. and extending to around 6 p.m. Peak gusts are expected in an area north of Weed.

If a PSPS is required, the company may reduce the potentially impacted customers from 2,500 to 600 and issue a PSPS to a sectionalized area. This area encompasses north east of Weed, north of Alamo Avenue, out to the Carrick area, a section just west of Old Stage Road and Old Hwy 99 South. This includes an area north of Edgewood. It does not include areas in Hammond Ranch and the community of Lake Shastina.

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.   

“Taking this extraordinary measure is out of an abundance of caution,” said Erik Brookhouse, vice president of system, operations. “Forecasted high, sustained winds are stronger than what we saw on Sunday when we initiated the previous PSPS. We understand the inconvenience this can cause our customers and appreciate their patience during this important public safety event.”

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.

If a PSPS is needed, customers will receive notification that power will be turned off. Otherwise, customer notification will happen at the conclusion of the event.

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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