Preventive PG&E Blackout Stretches Into Second Day

Sep 25, 2019

PG&E announces second power shutoff.
Credit Ben Margot / AP Photo

Thousands remain without power across the Sierra Foothills as Pacific Gas and Electric Company continues pre-emptive blackouts. Outages stretch from Butte Meadows in Butte County in the north to Foresthill in Placer County in the south.  


The company said it restored power yesterday to most affected customers, then began cutting power again early this morning.  

Hot dry winds are expected to buffet the foothills and valley today. PG&E said more than 48,000 households are without power this morning in the Sierra Foothills and North Bay, covering portions: Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma and Yuba county.  


The Paradise Unified School District announced that schools in Paradise and Magalia are closed today due to the blackout. 


PG&E said it has set up air-conditioned centers in several impacted communities, with restrooms, drinking water and working electrical outlets for charging phones or other devices. Each can accommodate 100 people and will close this evening at nightfall.  


Centers in Butte, Nevada and Yuba County are located in Magalia at a strip mall at 14111 Lakeridge Court, in Oroville in the parking lot of Harrison Stadium, at Third and Mitchell Avenues, in Grass Valley at the Sierra College Campus, 250 Sierra College Drive and in Oregon House at the community center at 9185 Marysville Rd.