PG&E Power Shutoff Address Checker: List of California Counties and Cities Potentially Affected by Planned Outage

On Monday, PG&E announced that it might shut power off in a number of Californian counties on Wednesday, following a forecasted high wind event which could increase the risk of wildfires. Today, PG&E has released a list that suggests that more than 300,000 customers could be affected.

PG&E released a list of counties in California that could face a potential public safety power shutdown beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The list states that an estimated 302,992 PG&E customers could be affected.

The list will be updated with the times of the planned shutdown in each county when PG&E decides whether or not it will go ahead with the power shut off. Currently, the utility company is urging customers to prepare for an outage that could last several days.

Preparing for an outage includes creating an emergency kit containing water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, personal hygiene items, torches, back up chargers, and batteries. Residents should also prepare an evacuation plan should they need to leave their homes. Consider all family members, especially children, elderly or disabled members, and pets, when planning the route. For more information, read our guide on how to prepare for a planned power outage.

This lastest potential shutdown announcement comes after a number of planned outages by PG&E that have taken place throughout October. PG&E turns the power off when high winds and dry conditions are forecast, as if a power line is damaged, it carries the risk of starting a wildfire. The risk has been increased this year as California's wet season is delayed.

California has suffered from wildfires in recent years and as recently as this month. Last year, California faced its deadliest wildfire, the Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people and took firefighters 17 days to extinguish. In May, it was determined that it was PG&E equipment that caused the Camp Fire.

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A PG&E building in California, 2019. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty

Counties in California and the number of people that could be affected by a PG&E Power Shutdown on Wednesday, November 20:

Alameda – 12,200

Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro

Amador – 2,690

Amador City, Drytown, Fiddletown, Plymouth, River Pines, Sutter Creek

Butte – 14,110

Bangor, Berry Creek, Butte Meadows, Chico, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Forbestown, Forest Ranch, Magalia, Oroville, Paradise, Stirling City

Colusa – 20

Arbuckle, Williams

Contra Costa – 23,230

Canyon, El Sobrante, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond

El Dorado – 38,570

Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Lotus, Mount Ankum, Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Somerset, Twin Bridges

Glenn – 230

Elk Creek

Lake – 13,370

Clearlake, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Hopland, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Loch Lomond, Lower Lake, Middletown

Marin – 23,440

Bolinas, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Inverness, Lagunitas, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Point Reyes Station, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Stinson Beach, Woodacre

Mendocino – 3,080

Gualala, Hopland, Point Arena

Napa – 11,180

Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Oakville, Pope Valley, Rutherford, Yountville

Nevada –30,030

Emigrant Gap, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Norden, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington

Placer – 12,440

Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Weimar

Plumas – 780

Belden, La Porte, Quincy, Story

San Mateo – 70

La Honda, Pescadero

Santa Clara – 2,978

Cupertino, Gilroy, La Honda, Los Gatos, Redwood Estates, Saratoga, Watsonville

Santa Cruz –36,164

Aptos, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Capitola, Davenport, Felton, Freedom, Los Gatos, Mount Hermon, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Watsonville

Shasta – 21,270

Anderson, Bella Vista, Big Bend, Cottonwood, French Gulch, Igo, Lakehead, Manton, Millville, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Palo Cedro, Platina, Round Mountain, Shasta, Shingletown, Whitmore

Sierra – 1,160

Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, North San Juan, Sierra City

Solano – 1,970

Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville

Sonoma – 39,940

Annapolis, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Duncans Mills, Forestville, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Jenner, Kenwood, Monte Rio, Penngrove, Rio Nido, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Sea Ranch, Stewarts Point, Villa Grande, Windsor

Tehama – 9,530

Cottonwood, Flournoy, Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paskenta, Paynes Creek, Red Bluff

Trinity – 50

Unincorporated areas of Trinity

Yolo – 400

Brooks, Guinda, Rumsey

Yuba – 3,940

Bangor, Browns Valley, Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Forbestown, Marysville, Oregon House, Rackerby, Strawberry Valley