Occidental was the latest Bay Area community to experience a random power outage. Residents say a new PG&E mechanism designed to prevent fires caused the outage.
In an effort to keep reducing wildfire ignitions, Pacific Gas & Electric has upgraded sensors that can tell it more quickly if a power line has been compromised or might spark a fire. But some of that technology has set off some false alarms.
From Livermore to Napa Valley's high elevations, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for parts of the North and East Bay that went into effect Sunday night. PG&E also shut off power to a small swath of residents in Solano, Lake and Yolo counties.
Thousands of PG&E customers lost power over the weekend because of a combination of dust and rain on power lines and equipment, the utility said.
The number of PG&E customers still affected by weather-related power outages in the Bay Area dropped to under 8,000 by Sunday evening.
PG&E customers could soon see a higher utility bill. This is due to the company's request for wildfire safety funding.
PG&E has programmed some power lines to de-energize for fire prevention, causing frustration in west Marin County.
Although no formal findings have been reached, PG&E has acknowledged to California power regulators that a tree leaning into one of its power lines may have started the Dixie Fire, which has scorched nearly 1 million acres to become the second-largest in state history.
Investigators are probing the cause of a fire at a Santa Rosa Union 76 gas station that filled the neighborhood with black smoke Friday, causing about $50,000 in damage, fire officials said.
Fire officials said Friday that all residents who were forced from their homes over a gas leak are now allowed to return.
Hundreds of San Jose residents remained out of their homes Thursday after a temporary evacuation was ordered due to a natural gas leak that lasted more than 24 hours.
The gas line was struck Wednesday morning and prompted evacuation orders later in the day.
Pacific Gas and Electric is working to restore power to thousands of its Northern California customers after Tuesday's shutoff due to a wind event and fire danger.
A specially-constructed micro-grid that is supposed to power the east side of Calistoga malfunctioned.
Amid dangerous California fire conditions, Pacific Gas & Electric says it has begun cutting power to 51,000 customers.
PG&E may cut power to 40,000 customers in 16 counties on Tuesday as the utility tries to avoid danger posed by high winds and dry conditions.
In the past six years, PG&E, the utility nearly 40% of Californians rely on for electricity and natural gas, has been implicated or convicted in burning well over 1 million acres of California’s lands.
A driver suffering from a medial emergency crashed their vehicle into a gas main Saturday, forcing the evacuation of several homes on 7th Street. Crews capped the leak in the Acorn neighborhood a short time later, and people were allowed to return to their homes.
People living in the scenic forestlands of Northern California are facing a weekend of fear as the Dixie Fire threatens to reduce thousands of homes to ashes. The fire now spans an area of 698 square miles and is 21% contained.
PG&E testified before the California Public Utilities Commission about its readiness plan for cutting power to customers and efforts to reduce those events in the future.