Here we go again.
Even before all the lights were turned back on around the Bay Area (and the rest of Northern California), PG&E was entering a third public safety power shutoff in less than a month.
Pacific Gas and Electric announced this round of proactive power outages would affect about 596,000 customers, or about 1.8 million people. (PG&E estimates an average of three individuals per customer.) The shut-offs were scheduled to start rolling out Tuesday morning amid yet another Red Flag Warning.
The utility company hopes that by shutting off power during windy weather, it can prevent sparking more wildfires.
Customers in the following counties will be affected by blackouts, according to PG&E: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
You can use the map below, created by PG&E, to determine whether or not your power will turn off — or in some cases, stay off — Tuesday and Wednesday. If PG&E’s site is down, the map may not show up. In case that happens, we’ve included maps of the Bay Area in the gallery at the top of this story.
(PG&E says the boundaries drawn in the map are approximate, and its address lookup tool should be the most accurate.)
The first customers to lose power Tuesday morning will be in the North Valley, Sierra Foothills and North Bay Area, followed by those in the southern Sierra foothills Tuesday afternoon, Kern County Tuesday evening, and the greater Bay Area late Tuesday night into early Wednesday.
Here’s the tentative timeline for shut-offs. The times are estimates and may change (earlier or later) depending on weather:
5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Trinity, and Shasta
7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Humboldt (Southern), Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties
9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Yuba counties
4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne
9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Humboldt (Northern), Siskiyou, and Kern counties
11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 29
Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties
(UPDATE, Oct. 29, 8:45 a.m.: Customers in Marin County were originally scheduled to lose power late Tuesday, but some portions of the county were de-energized early than planned, starting around 8 a.m. More outages for Marin could come later in the day.)
Here’s the breakdown of which cities in each county PG&E says will be affected:
Medical baseline: 352
Castro Valley, Oakland
Medical baseline: 623
Fiddletown, Jackson, Pioneer, Pine Grove, Sutter Creek
Medical baseline: 1,131
Bangor, Berry Creek, Butte Meadows, Clipper Mills, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Sterling City,
Medical baseline: 570
Arnold, Bear Valley, Camp Connell, Glencoe, Hathaway Pines, Mokelumne Hill, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, West Point, White Pines, Wilseyville
Medical baseline: 4
Portions of Contra Costa
Medical baseline: 1,477
Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Aukum, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Somerset, Twin Bridges
Medical baseline: 2,068
Alton, Arcata, Bayside, Blocksburg, Blue Lake, Carlotta, Eureka, Ferndale, Fields Landing, Fortuna, Garberville, Honeydew, Hoopa, Hydesville, Kneeland, Korbel, Loleta, McKinleyville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Orick, Orleans, Petrolia, Phillipsville, Redcrest, Redway, Rio Del, Samoa, Scotia, Trinidad, Weott, Whitethorn, Willow Creek,
Medical baseline: 27
Medical baseline: 2,170
Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Finley, Glenhaven, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Loch Lomond, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Nice, Upper Lake, Witter Springs
Medical baseline: 2,115
Belvedere, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Dillon Beach, Fairfax, Fallon, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, Tamales, Wood Acre
Medical baseline: 1,331
Albion, Boonville, Branscomb, Caspar, Comptche, Covelo, Cummings, Dos Rios, Elk, Fort Bragg, Gualala, Hopland, Laytonville, Leggett, Little River, Manchester, Mendocino, Navarro, Philo, Piercy, Point Arena, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Ukiah, Westport, Willits, Yorkville
Medical baseline: 420
American Canyon, Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Napa, Pope Valley, Rutherford,
Medical baseline: 1,822
Auburn, Emigrant Gap, Grassvalley, Nevada City, Norden, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington,
Medical baseline: 897
Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Newcastle, Penryn, Weimar
Medical baseline: 6
Bellden, La Porte, Quincy, Storrie
Medical baseline: 242
El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montera, Moss Beach, Pescadero, San Gregorio
Medical baseline: 12
Portions of Santa Clara County
Medical baseline: 280
Boulder Creek, Davenport
Medical baseline: 1582
Anderson, Bella Vista, Cottonwood, French Gulch, Igo, Lake Head, Millville, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Pala Cedro, Platina, Redding, Round Mountain, Shasta, Singletown, Whiskeytown, Whitmore
Medical baseline: 14
Alleghany, Comptonville, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Sierra City
Medical baseline: 901
Medical baseline: 2721
Annapolis, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Camp Meeker, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Cotati, Duncan Mills, Forestville, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Monte Rio, Occidental, Penn Grove, Rio Nido, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Sea Ranch, Valley Ford, Villa Grande, Windsor
Medical baseline: 60
Cottonwood, Los Molinos, Manton, Mineral, Paynes Creek
Medical baseline: 39
Burnt Ranch, Salyer, Zenia
Medical baseline: 26
Pine Crest, Strawberry
Medical baseline: 12
Guinda, Rumsey, Winters
Medical baseline: 306
Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins Marysville, Oregon House, Rackerby, Smartsville, Strawberry Valley
The above list was compiled by PG&E. SFGATE was not able to independently verify the scope of the outages.
The high winds are expected to pass by mid-day Wednesday, at which point PG&E will issue an “all clear.” But even after that happens, the power doesn’t come back immediately. PG&E workers must inspect thousands of miles of power lines to ensure there’s no damage. That can take up to 48 hours. In cases where there is damage to power lines or other PG&E infrastructure, power can be out even longer.
Tuesday’s PSPS is set to be smaller than the weekend’s, which affected 940,000 customers. An additional 100,000 customers lost power during the weekend wind event due to unanticipated damage to PG&E power lines and infrastructure.
As of early Tuesday morning, PG&E said 556,400 of those customers have had power restored.
Full PG&E outage coverage: