The electricity company leaves 179,000 customers without power and warns that the worst is yet to co
Mass blackouts in California in fear of new fires
Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power in California, after the state's largest utility company cut power due to dangerous weather conditions. The blackouts will last around 48 hours.
The bad omens about the extreme danger of fires this week in California became real on Thursday in just 24 hours that left eight active fires and, again, hundreds of thousands of people without light to avoid major evils. This is not just climate change. It is corporate greed mixed with climate change, said Governor Gavin Newsom, referring to the deficient electrical infrastructure that acts as a lighter in a land already ready to burn due to unusual high temperatures and strong wind.
The most dangerous situations at the end of Thursday night were north of San Francisco and northeast of Los Angeles. In the wine region of Sonoma, north of San Francisco, the so-called Kinkade fire had burned 6,500 hectares on Thursday and among them had damaged or destroyed 49 structures. The fire had been detected for the first time after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Some 2,000 people were forced to leave their homes.
Shortly before, the Pacific Gas & Electric electric company had cut the light in the area to prevent its cables and transformers from starting a fire. The winds reached 96 kilometers per hour. These are dry desert winds typical of this time of year called winds of Santa Ana, which dry everything in their path. PG&E cut 179,000 customers in 17 counties. Last week, the cuts came to affect 600,000 customers, about two million people. The company has warned that the weather forecast for this Saturday may force new cuts.
PG&E is located in the center of the wrath of the California authorities. Its poor infrastructure is at the origin of the two deadliest fires of this century, that of Santa Rosa in 2017 (22 dead) and that of Paradise in 2018 (85 dead). On Thursday, PG&E informed authorities that a transmission team broke down near the place where the Kinkade fire is supposed to begin on Wednesday night.
PG&E warned that it could cut off almost all of its customers in Northern California between Sunday and Monday, in anticipation of the strongest wind gusts of the year. The light company, the largest in the United States by number of customers and operating in central and northern California, is under enormous pressure for its responsibility in the fires. State politicians, such as Newsom on Thursday, acknowledge that the selective blackout plan is necessary but at the same time express frustration with the fact that, after years of neglect, the only solution is a measure that gives a third-world image of California .