This winter and spring was very wet for Northern California. This summer is expected to be hotter than average. The wet spring and summer greatly added to the fuel load by increasing the growth of grasses and brush. When all of our forest dry out by July, Northern California is looking at another year of increased wildfire danger.
To avoid a repeat of the Camp Fire, PG&E will start turning off power to entire gridlines of areas impacted by increased fire danger (high winds, low humidity, and very hot temperatures). This plan is called Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E implemented this plan during the weekend of June 8-9 and anticipate they will turn off power in similar situations until rains return in the fall.
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