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Among the Camp Fire’s destruction were parts of a historic artificial waterway. Aside from generating a small amount of electricity for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Miocene Canal delivered water to several key spots. The canal’s future now remains uncertain.

Running along the West Branch of the Feather River, the Miocene Canal evolved from a log flume to a small scale hydroelectric power system. It also delivered water to farmers. Seepage through its unlined bottom helped replenish the aquifer.

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Brisk northerly winds and extremely low humidity have prompted Pacific Gas & Electric Company to begin cutting electricity service at 7 a.m. Wednesday during their next round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Impacted areas include parts of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Winds are expected to subside Thursday morning, with a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service expiring Thursday at 7 a.m.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers may be left in the dark again Wednesday and part of Thursday as the company considers pre-emptively interrupting electricity service due to fire risk.


The company yesterday began notifying 264,000 customers across 22 counties.


A National Weather Service red flag fire warning is set to take effect early Wednesday morning at 4 a.m. The warning expires Thursday morning at 7. Areas under warning stretch from near coastal Mendocino and Sonoma County to nearly the Sierra crest in Plumas and Shasta counties and from the Siskiyou County line nearly to Stockton.


Just days after regulators launched an investigation into PG&E’s recent precautionary blackouts, the company released photos showing dozens of places where a major fire could have ignited last month.


Pacific Gas and Electric found more than 100 places across 16 counties where high winds caused major damage. 


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As tens of thousands of North State residents learned, being without electricity is more than an inconvenience. And as NSPR reports, sporadic, widespread outages will become just another facet of California’s lengthening fire season.


With its equipment linked to sparking deadly and catastrophic wildfires, PG&E started unplugging large parts of the state when conditions warranted.

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Just as electricity returns, Pacific Gas and Electric is warning it might go away again starting this morning.


With the national weather service warning intensely dry north winds will resume this morning, PG&E is preparing to cut power across much of the same areas recently impacted.

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Amidst another weather-related blackout, the California Public Utilities Commission met in Redding yesterday where residents demanded officials hold Pacific Gas and Electric Company to account.   

“When is PG&E going to have to pay for their mistakes,” said Redding Resident Cathy Tipton.  

The meeting was scheduled more than a year ago as a way to enhance outreach. After public comment, the committee moved to its agenda, tacking a surcharge onto customers’ bills to cover wildfire damage.  

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More bad news for PG&E customers. Another disruption could start tomorrow.  


“We expect a potential public safety power shutoff to impact up to 209,000 customers across the 15 counties.” PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said.


The number of actualpeople impacted would be about three times that figure, as each customer covers a full household.

From Alderpoint to Yuba City, hundreds of thousands of PG&E customers are managing without electricity across Northern California today as the company conducts a pre-emptive blackout aimed at preventing its equipment from sparking another wildfire.

The company began turning off the electricity to half a million households shortly after midnight due to high winds.

Customers of Redding’s Municipal Utility and other systems are not generally affected.

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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.