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The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

California faces historic power outage due to fire danger

Oct. 8, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. PG&E said...

Better weather eases California power shutoffs

Sep. 25, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric restored power to thousands of Northern California customers on Wednesday after a shutdown to reduce the threat of wildfires. Before dawn, the utility cut the electricity to more than 48,000 customers in seven counties in the wine country and Sierra Nevada...

Death toll from Northern California wildfire back down to 85

Sep. 25, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The number of those who died in California's deadliest wildfire is back down to 85 after authorities determined that a bone fragment previously classified as unidentified belongs to a victim named in January. The Butte County Sheriff's office said Wednesday that the number of...

Fire threat brings power cuts to thousands in California

Sep. 25, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Northern Californians will find themselves without electricity Wednesday as Pacific Gas & Electric cuts power to reduce the threat of hot, dry, gusty weather knocking down power lines and sparking wildfires. The utility announced it would shut off power to more...

The Latest: PG&E cuts power to 24,000 customers

Sep. 24, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on expected power shut-offs in Northern California (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power to 24,000 customers in the Sierra Nevada foothills and says it will remain off until dangerous wildfire weather eases. The utility shut off...

California utility cuts power to 24,000 customers

Sep. 24, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility cut power to 24,000 northern customers Monday evening as fall brings back dangerous weather conditions and the company tries to head off wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. The utility shut down power to areas of Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties in...

Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Sep. 21, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California's persistent wildfires drive residents away. Last year, California...

Football victory a salve for devastated California town

Aug. 24, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — It's hard to recognize Paradise. It is heaps of melted metal. It is scorched pine trees. It is a place where things used to be, before a fire destroyed nearly 19,000 structures and killed 86 people last November. But on Friday night, Paradise looked like home again. Thousands of...

'I don't want no sympathy:' Football helps heal ravaged town

Aug. 24, 2019 1:27 AM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Few things are powerful enough to bring people back to the scene of their greatest tragedy. For the community of Paradise that was nearly leveled by a wildfire, football is it. Thousands of people packed Om Wraith Field on Friday night to watch the Paradise High School Bobcats play...