UPDATE: According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, parts of Elk Creek have power so the charging location that was at Elk Creek High School will be moved to the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department on County Road 306. More details in the story below.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that they may be conducting a public safety power shutoff that could impact nearly 30 counties in California – including Glenn County – that was expected to begin in the early morning hours of today (Wednesday).
PG&E said in a press release that weather conditions, including potential fire risk, have been forecast that may impact electric service.
According to PG&E, as of Tuesday afternoon, about 1,600 customers in Glenn County are expected to be in the outage area.
According to the Glenn County Office of Emergency Services, areas that are expected to be impacted are primarily west of Interstate 5 – with the exception of Artois also being impacted. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cities of Willows and Orland weren’t expected to be impacted.
According to OES, the areas of impact are fluid and may change based on the weather and PG&E – they recommend everyone be prepared.
The power shutoff was expected to begin today in the early morning hours and continue through midday Thursday due to a significant wind event, according to OES. However, power restoration could take up to five days.
Elk Creek schools will be closed today and Thursday – all other Glenn County schools will be open.
There will be some public charging stations set up:
- The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department charging station will be available today from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
- PG&E will host a charging site at 839 Newville Road, Orland, starting today and hours are expected to be 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Glenn County Health and Human Services Agency will have two sites available to the public for charging devices today through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Public Health 240 N Villa Ave., Willows, and Glenn Grows/HHSA Nova complex, 125 E Walker St., Orland.
Priority will be given to medical equipment at the charging stations – followed by cell phones and other communications devices.
The potential shutoffs are part of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program – designed to reduce the threat of wildfire that could be sparked by lines brought down by winds.
As the event unfolds, the Glenn County Office of Emergency Services will post updates to their Facebook and Twitter pages. The feeds can also be viewed at www.countyofglenn.net/OES.
For updates from PG&E, visit www.pge.com/pspsupdates.