Pacific Power initiates Public Safety Power Shutoff in Weed, California

September 13, 2020

WEED, Calif. — Because of extreme wildfire conditions, Pacific Power has turned off power to approximately 2,500 customers in Weed, Calif., beginning today, September 13th at 10 a.m. So long as forecasts are accurate, the company expects to begin the restoration process around 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, with the goal to have service returned to all customers by 8 p.m.

Current weather conditions include high, sustained winds, extreme drought, and low humidity which warranted a Public Safety Power Shutoff. In addition, the current strain on local and regional firefighting resources is a concern. High winds are forecasted to remain in the area into the early evening.

“The safety of the communities we serve is our highest priority,” said Erik Brookhouse, vice president of system operations. “We’re taking this extraordinary precaution because the right combination of factors for a potentially extreme and hard-to-fight fire event are present today. We take the decision to turn off power seriously. With the current weather conditions and strain on firefighting resources it’s important we act on all fire mitigation measures. We appreciate our customers understanding and patience.”

The affected area includes a section from just north of Black Butte, extending north to the south end of Lake Shastina, bounding on the east just west of Highway 97 west to Old Hwy 99 and Stewart Springs Road, in the areas of Weed, Hammond Ranch, Edgewood and Carrick.  

Customers are encouraged to be prepared and have an outage kit ready.

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.

The company began notifying customers about the Public Safety Power Shutoff on Friday through phone calls, email and text messages. Affected customers will continue to receive updates through ongoing communications at these estimated times:

  • 5 p.m.; when restoration work begins
  • 8 p.m.; when restoration work concludes and service is restored to customers

These times are subject to change based on forecasted and actual weather conditions.

Pacific Power urges customers to verify their contact information is up-to-date. Customers can do this by logging into their online account at pacificpower.net or calling the customer care center at 1-888-221-7070.

For all non-emergency questions about the PSPS, customers and the public should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070

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