Southern California is expected to see its first rain since October
Pacific Gas and Electric said the outage could last from the morning of the 20th to the evening of the 21st, affecting users in the foothills and the San Francisco Bay Area, USA Today reported.
FILE PHOTO: Firefighters rush to put out a wildfire over the city of Somis, California. Photo Credit Sipaphoto Image caption Smoke billows over the city in the Somis area of California, and firefighters rush to put out a fire. Photo credit: Sipaphoto
The announcement came on the same day that California lawmakers questioned how Pacific Gas and Electric Co. handled three widespread power shutdowns in October, prompting an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Pacific Gas and Electric said at a news conference On the 18th that residents of 25 counties could be without power this time as part of the company’s efforts to prevent equipment from starting wildfires in high winds and drought conditions.
Unlike In October, however, Southern California utilities will not follow suit because of the impending rain. Los Angeles and San Diego will receive an inch of rain from the 19th, the Weather Channel reported. It was the first precipitation since the rainy season began on October 1st, easing the drought in the fire-prone region.
Since October 1, there have been at least 58 fires in the state, burning more than 115,000 acres, according to statistics. The Kincaid fire forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate, and firefighters didn’t bring it under control until early November.
There was no fire in California on The Night, but more than 81 percent of the state was considered “unusually dry,” according to a new report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Still, state officials are calling on utility companies to reduce power outages and scale. Because the power outage disrupts people’s daily lives, it may not be able to prevent the fire.
In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom accused Pacific Gas and Power of “greed” and “mismanagement.”