26K without gas service in Napa, Sonoma counties due to wildfires

- By Bay City News Service

As of this early this evening 99,000 PG&E customers were without power because of the wildfires in Northern California and a majority of those are in Napa and Sonoma counties, PG&E officials said.

Additionally, PG&E crews have shut off gas service to about 26,000 customers in Santa Rosa, Yountville, Napa and Kenwood.

PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said gas service was shut off because fire can damage a gas pipe or meter, so shutting off service is a safety precaution.

PG&E officials said once it is safe and first responders have given them permission, PG&E crews will start assessing the damage and start restoring service.

Reports of downed power lines and poles continue to be received by PG&E who urge people to assume a downed wire or line is live and stay away from it.

Earlier this morning, at least 114,000 customers were without power throughout northern California.

Wildfires in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which began late Sunday night and early this morning, have left a total of nine people dead, Cal Fire officials said.

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