In a statement Monday night, the utility said staff were patrolling lines that were inactive during the shutdown, which began at 4 a.m., and were restoring power where possible.
The utility said in a statement, “As it becomes safer to do so, PG&E staff will patrol 2,549 transmission and distribution lines to ensure that these lines are reactivated and There is no harm or risk before these users are restored. ” Efforts related to this PSPS event will include up to 1,494 ground patrol units and 43 helicopters.
Persistent foreign winds and severe drought conditions prompted PG&E to issue PSPS.
According to PG&E, the closure ultimately affected 24,000 customers in 23 counties, including about 8,000 in Almeida, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.
The utility said wind speeds were 55 mph in Butt County, 52 mph in Shasta County and 47 mph in Tahama County.
This happened with a red flag warning from the PSPS National Weather Service. The warning began at 11 a.m. Sunday and will continue until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Even as the power restoration continues, meteorologists at PG&E are monitoring forecasts that show the return of strong winds Wednesday night to Thursday morning.
The utility said, “Another weather system is entering the PG&E service area which is predicted to start in the northern, central and southern parts of the company’s service area starting Wednesday evening. There will be dry sea winds. ” “PG&E’s meteorologists and operations professionals are closely monitoring the potential for a dry sea air incident that could target a public safety power shutdown.”
Several fires were reported between the PSPS and the red flag warning on Monday. At the foot of East San Jose, firefighters fought one another. 8 acres of fire Near Sierra Road and Warner Court. Ten to 15 homes, a school and a church were at risk before the fire was contained.
“The winds we’re blowing today are spreading fast,” said San Jose Fire Capt. Jesse Allied.