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Wildfire safety blackouts in California may impact 50,000 PG&E customers
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Tens of thousands of Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Northern California could lose their power as early as Wednesday night, one week after planned outages rippled through the region.
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The nation's largest utility, PG&E, warned it may begin power shutoffs by Wednesday evening to as many as 50,000 customers in 19 counties and two tribal communities due to weather conditions during the peak of wildfire season.
"Hot and dry conditions combined with expected high wind gusts pose an increased risk for damage to the electric system that has the potential to ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation," the utility said in a news release.
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The utility said Monday it sent notifications to roughly 50,000 customers across the region about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).