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California faces most dangerous fire weather of year; PG&E lowers wildfire safety blackouts
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The nation's largest utility will cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers Sunday as California faces its most dangerous winds of the year in a state that's already endured the worst wildfire season in history.
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Pacific Gas & Electric. Co. (PG&E) said it expects to shut off power in a "public safety power shutoff," or PSPS, to an estimated 386,000 homes and businesses as severe "red flag warnings" go into effect.
“We’re seeing four extremes in the weather for this potential PSPS event: extremely high winds, extremely low humidity, extreme dry fuels due to the hottest average temperatures over the last six months according to records that go back 126 years, and extreme drought across the territory given lack of rainfall,” Scott Strenfel, head of PG&E’s meteorology and fire science, said in a statement on Saturday.
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This latest PSPS shutoff is the fifth wildfire safety outage this year by the company and the largest.