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PG&E proactively cuts power to 1,600 due to red flag weather

Associated Press
The year's first fire danger warning in Northern California is putting Pacific Gas & Electric on alert. The utility said starting Saturday, June 8, 2019, it might turn off power to thousands of customers in areas north of San Francisco and in the Sierra foothills to help reduce the risk of fire.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to about 1,600 customers in Northern California to reduce risk of wildfires amid windy, dry and warming weather conditions that have raised red flag warnings.

The utility says it turned off electricity Saturday morning in portions of Napa, Solano and Yolo counties.

PG&E is under enormous pressure after downed power lines and other equipment have been blamed for previous devastating fires.

The company also may cut power to 30,000 customers in El Dorado, Placer, Butte, Yuba and Nevada counties.

The National Weather Service is reporting strong winds, including gusts to 50 mph north of Sonoma.

A wildfire that broke out Friday in Stanislaus County grew to 600 acres but Cal Fire says it’s 75% contained.