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PG&E on Monday warned of possible power outages for 44,000 customers.

Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. warned Monday it could cut off power to 44,000 California consumers in response to a strong wind system that is expected to increase the risk of fire in the state.

The utility said in a news release that parts of 32 areas – including Bay Area’s Almeida, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Sonoma County – could lose power as of 1 a.m. Monday. Users can check the status of their address. This map

The utility is monitoring offshore winds at the National Weather Service. The forecast could reach 30-40 mph on Monday.Including in the East Bay Hills and the North Bay Mountains, and which can help spread wildfires from power lines faster.

Fresno County saw the most power outages Monday, with more than 5,000 customers in unregulated areas – including 436 medical baseline users – likely facing shutdowns between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ۔

The utility said another 4,559 customers in Solano County, 2,207 in Napa County and 87 in Sonoma County could be without power by 6 p.m. The closure for 132 more customers in Almeida and 601 in Contra Costa could begin two hours later at 8 p.m.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued in the Galway area north of Santa Rosa from Sunday to Tuesday evening. Strong winds are forecast for Monday, with another peak possible early Tuesday, according to the NWS.

PG&E equipment has been involved in wildfires several times during this fire season. On July 13, the utility said, the ruptured fuse would have ignited a Dixie fire north of Heaven. A few weeks later, in early August, there was another breakdown. Flyfire was reported near the start. In Palmas County

Earlier, its power lines were linked to fatal fires in Amador County and Calvary County in 2015, North Bay in 2017 and Campfire in 2018.

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