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June 11, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started using a new strategy last weekend, as the area was blanketed in fire-friendly weather -- high winds and low humidity over a bountiful crop of spring rain-fed grass. It shut off power to parts of the grid it judged to be most susceptible to fire that could be started by problems with energized power lines.

Some Yuba County residents had power shut off late Saturday and through much of Sunday.

What do you think of the strategy? Is it a practical way of minimizing fire risk? What could make it work better? Your thoughts, please.