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Fire weather watch issued for Lake County; PG&E continues to anticipate conducting Wednesday power shutoff

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Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Lake County and other parts of the region due to windy, dry conditions in this week's forecast, while Pacific Gas and Electric said it has activated one-day notifications to 54,000 customers in 19 counties in anticipation of a potential public safety power shutoff.

The fire weather watch is in effect from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Friday.

The forecast calls for north to northeast winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts from 20 to 40 miles per hour and low humidity.

PG&E said its meteorologists are continuing to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event forecast to start Wednesday evening.

As a result, PG&E said approximately 53,533 customers have been notified in portions of Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Napa, Plumas, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba, where a PSPS watch is now in effect.

PG&E said 963 customers in Lake County, including 69 Medical Baseline customers, are still expected to be impacted if the shutoff goes forward. Mapping shows the impacted customers are in Cobb, Clearlake Oaks, Lower Lake and Middletown.

During the Tuesday evening Lakeport City Council meeting, City Manager Kevin Ingram confirmed that the Lakeport area is not targeted for shutoff this week.

He said city staff also is monitoring a possible PSPS event that could take place next week.

Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at www.pge.com/pspsupdates .

Email Elizabeth Larson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

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