Chattanooga Times Free Press

Power cut to thou­sands in Cal­i­for­nia to pre­vent wild­fires

- Weather · Disasters · Natural Disasters · California · San Francisco · Northern California · Pacific · San Francisco Bay Area · PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO .. · San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — Thou­sands of peo­ple in wine coun­try woke up with­out power Thurs­day amid a fall heat wave that brought an­other round of ex­treme wild­fire dan­ger to large por­tions of al­ready bat­tered North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric cut power start­ing Wed­nes­day even­ing to more than 45,000 cus­tomers — about 100,000 peo­ple — mainly in the Sierra Ne­vada foothills and the San Francisco Bay Area. An­other 22,000 peo­ple were ex­pected to lose power later Thurs­day.

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