"Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event," said the power company that filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. "At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous (public safety power shutoff) events that impacted about 180,000 customers."
PG&E said its operational and meteorological teams are watching what could turn into strong offshore winds on Wednesday that could trigger a public safety power shutoff for a portion of homes and businesses in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay.
Around this time of year, said the utility, plants, shrubs, twigs and other debris become so dry that they are "ripe for igniting or spreading a wildfire. But dry vegetation conditions have worsened further due to above average temperatures for this time of year, the lack of rain and the recent series of extreme wind events."