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Utility cuts electricity to prevent fires.

A year and a week after the beginning of the devastating wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, the regional power company used a very unusual tactic to prevent new fires from starting in similar conditions to those of Oct. 8, 2017. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) pre-emptively cut the electricity to numerous rural communities in seven Northern California counties Oct. 15 and 16 as the weather forecast called for extremely low humidity and high winds. During similar weather the year before, several PG&E power lines came down in the wind and were blamed for igniting at least some of the fires. No sizeable wildfires were reported in the affected areas during the outage.

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Title Annotation:Top Stories: The month in perspective
Comment:Utility cuts electricity to prevent fires.(Top Stories: The month in perspective)
Publication:Wines & Vines
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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