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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a cafe in downtown Sonoma, Calif., where power is turned off. Pacific Gas & Electric says it may cut power to some 1 million people this weekend in central and Northern California, which could see the most dangerous fire weather of the season. PG&E says it could begin safety shutoffs Sunday morning, Oct. 25, 2020, as gusts and low humidity ramp up the risk of downing power lines and sparking massive fires in tinder-dry brush. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Utility cuts power to 26,500 Californians over wildfire risk

Oct. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric started cutting power Sunday to tens of thousands of customers in Northern California and planned outages for many more to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires due to extreme fire weather. The nation's largest utility said outages began in the north of...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric sign is displayed on the exterior of a PG&E building in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric will cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year

Oct. 24, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year, a forecast that prompted the largest utility to announce plans to cut power Sunday to nearly 1 million people to guard against its equipment sparking new blazes....

Second-snowiest October day on record for Spokane area

Oct. 24, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Roads in the Spokane area were slick and some lost power throughout the city Friday after a record-breaking 4.7 inches (11.9 centimeters) of snow fell in the region. Avista Utilities reported more than 2,100 customers without power about 3 p.m. Friday, The Spokesman-Review reported....

Metropolitan police are present outside Paris Las Vegas following a power outage, which resulted in a building evacuation, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment says the power has been restored at Paris Las Vegas after an outage forced hundreds of guests at the Strip hotel to evacuate. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Utility: Rodents in power switch caused Vegas resort outage

Oct. 23, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A power outage that prompted evacuation of hundreds of casino patrons and prevented guests from checking in for several busy hours at a Las Vegas Strip resort was caused by rodents at an off-site utility switching center, authorities said Friday. Clark County fire officials said power went...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, power lines and poles lie in a roadway beside a fallen tree in Westport, Conn., brought down by Tropical Storm Isaias. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong asked regulators to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's days-long power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

AG wants reimbursements for poor response to power outage

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general asked regulators Wednesday to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's dayslong power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. Attorney General William Tong spoke as the Public Utilities Regulatory...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Elijah Carter 11, left, and Robert Haralson, 12, help shop for their parents in a darkened Olivers Supermarket during a blackout in the Rincon Valley community in Santa Rosa, Calif. When Pacific Gas & Electric set up emergency operations centers to coordinate intentional blackouts intended to prevent wildfires in Northern California, the nation's largest utility forgot one thing, emergency managers who knew the fundamentals of emergency management in California. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)

PG&E lacked basic training before California blackouts

Oct. 18, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency personnel managing the blackouts for the nation’s largest utility had learned the fundamentals of managing an emergency in their home state. The...

Ray Lopez delivers supplies to Mountain Mike's Pizza in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., where power is turned off, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to portions of Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during hot, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

Oct. 16, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “Just got off the...

Bikers ride through the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., where power is turned off, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to portions of Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during hot, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Power cut to thousands in California to prevent wildfires

Oct. 15, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people in wine country were 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...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo the Glass Fire burns a hillside above Silverado Trail in St. Helena, Calif. Dry, windy weather posed an extreme wildfire risk Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Northern California, where massive blazes already have cost hundreds of homes and killed or injured dozens of people. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Facing new fire threat, PG&E cuts power to tens of thousands

Oct. 14, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off power to more than 50,000 Northern California customers Wednesday evening as dry, windy conditions renewed the threat of fire in a season already marked by deadly, devastating blazes. The utility announced that it had begun cutting power to...