The Advocate

Officials may cut a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that lets Camp Fire survivors buy their dwellings. 

Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look into possibly leveraging federal guidelines that allow FEMA to sell their units to occupants and donate them to other government agencies or certain charitable organizations. However, even if approved, potential buyers will have to come up with more than just money, Casey Hatcher Butte County’s deputy chief administrative officer said. 

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Previously extended, the deadline for filing a claim against Pacific Gas & Electric Company for wildfire-related loses expires at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The deadline is part of the Northern California utility’s bankruptcy reorganization process. Anyone who lost income or property due to wildfire before January 29th of this year and believes PG&E is responsible, must file a claim for reimbursement through the courts.

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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.