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Mendocino County Preparing for 1,000 Customers to Lose Power in Upcoming Public Safety Power Shutoff

From the National Weather Service Eureka California Twitter: “Strong winds are expected to develop late this weekend for higher elevations, with speeds 25 to 40 mph and some gusts possibly as high as 55 to 70 mph anticipated, peaking late Sunday Night. Valley locations and sheltered areas will see lighter winds.”

As Northern California prepares for a dangerous wind event in conjunction with low humidity levels, Pacific Gas & Electric will be turning off power to approximately 1,000 Mendocino County residents to mitigate risk of wildfire.

Initial estimates as of Saturday suggested upwards of 10,000 Mendocino County residents would be affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff. According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, that number has been decreased to approximately 1,000 residents.

The City of Willits have announced on their Facebook page the city is no longer within the scope of the PSPS and described the areas that would be affected as “Hopland, Potter Valley and the far north near Humboldt Mendocino line and the Old River Road, Cow Mountain area.

The following press release was issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services coordinated with local PG&E representatives early this morning (10-25-20) and participated in a statewide coordination call at 9:00 AM in reference to the PSPS event planned for 10-25-2020 as early as 12:00 PM in Mendocino County. 

Currently, PG&E projects under 1,000 customers will be impacted in Mendocino County and that restoration is estimated take place on 10-27-2020.  PG&E is working diligently to minimize the number of customers impacted while still providing safety.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide verified/accurate information to the public as it becomes available in a timely manner.
 Please follow the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Nixle, Press Release Subscription) to get the most accurate and timely updated information as it becomes available.
We ask the community to rely on these informational platforms at this time as opposed to calling our Public Safety Dispatch Center, which will distract dispatchers from primary dispatching duties. This request is being made with public safety and officer safety in mind.
We encourage PG&E customers to continue monitoring https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/ in order to determine what impacts the PSPS might have on their homes or businesses.

We encourage those serviced by the City of Ukiah to visit https://www.cityofukiah.com/psps/ Additional preparedness info can be found at https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/outages/public-safety-power-shuttoff/prepare/prepare-for-psps.page? The following is a list of locations of where PG&E has established Community Resource Centers (CRCs) for public use during this PSPS event in Mendocino County:

PG&E currently plans to support the following CRCs.

CountyCitySite NameAddress
MendocinoPotter ValleyBible Church10151 Main Street
MendocinoWillitsCommunity Center111 E. Commercial St

See our previous reporting about the the PSPS for tips on preparing for losing power.

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