DUNSMUIR, Calif. — A combination of strong winds and extreme wildfire conditions necessitated a brief Public Safety Power Shutoff to 1,952 customers in an area from Dunsmuir south to Castella in southern Siskiyou County, California. The power shutoff began yesterday, Tuesday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m. Weather conditions at 6:00 pm allowed a step restoration plan to be executed with the last pocket of customers re-energized by 1:30 am.
“Community safety and mitigating wildfire risk are top priorities for us,” said Curtis Mansfield, senior vice president of system operations. “Weather stations and field observers reported gusty winds in the region, but the gusty winds didn’t last as long as initially projected. We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during this important public safety measure.”
At the time of de-energization, winds were forecasted to trend upward through the afternoon into the late evening. Wind gusts reached 54 mph on the hills above Dunsmuir with on the ground reports of wind gusts of up to 40 mph in Castle Crag State Park and winds in the city gusting up to 31 mph. Humidity dropped to below 15%. Additional crews were staged in the area prior to the shutoff and patrolled lines when weather conditions improved.
The company began notifying customers about the Public Safety Power Shutoff on Monday through phone calls, email and text messages and has notified customers the event has concluded and service was returned to all customers. For more information on wildfire mitigation practices, please visit pacificpower.net/psps.
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