Sunday, October 27, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Sunday Edition): On the #CaliforniaFires

As we went to press with this special Sunday edition of Notations, our team was monitoring the fires raging throughout California with CAL Maritime being threatened.       We commend Around the Capital for putting together this update as an estimated 2 Million People may be affected by the power outages to prevent fires--although we understand already faulty equipment may have been a contributing cause per an update from PG&E--we join Scott in noting for all to please stay safe:

Many of you likely had sleepless nights, either kept up by the weather like we were here in Sacramento, worrying about friends and family, or your own life and property.
Obviously, it's still dark and we won't have fire update reports for a couple of hours, but it hasn't been a good night in Sonoma County. The mandatory evacuation area now extends on the 101 form Geyserville to North Santa Rosa east into the hills and west to the Pacific Ocean from Stewarts Point to Bodega Bay. Highway 101 is closed from North Santa Rosa to Cloverdale, primarily to keep people from entering evacuation areas.
Winds continue to pick up in many of the affected areas, with the National Weather Service reporting a wind gust of 93 mph in the Healdsburg Hills in the last hour. For a point of reference, the hurricane range for category 1 is sustained winds in the range of 74-95 mph.
Instead of emailing you with constantly changing information, I have created a page with important links that I will update throughout the day. I am receiving regular updates from PG&E that I will post on this page, as well as there are links to Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Here are current numbers for the public safety power shutoffs:
  • Pacific Gas and Electric: 940,000 shut off
  • Southern California Edison: 4,048 shut off; 124,609 under consideration
  • San Diego Gas and Electric: no shut offs at this time
Stay safe,

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