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Why Pacific Power does not have any Public Safety Power Shutoffs planned in our region

Thousand of people are without power in California on purpose. That is not the case in our region.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 6:26 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 6:23 PM

SOUTHERN OREGON/NORTHERN CALIFORNIA --- Oregon-based Pacific Power says power outages in Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California are not needed right now.

Pacific Power says there are many factors that go into a Public Safety Power Shutoff. One of them being weather. The company says the weather conditions we are seeing right now is not enough to shut power off.

Drew Hanson with Pacific Power says there needs to be high wind gusts, extreme low humidity and high temperatures. Hanson adds the company also relies on people that are working outside on power lines. "We would also have on the ground crews that would be making observations of dangerous conditions. Then we also monitor elevated levels on key fire weather indexs." said Hanson. 

Hanson says all three of those factors would cause a power outage, but all three have to be happening. Weather cannot be the only thing that causes the outage.

Hanson also says a Public Safety Power Shutoff is a last resort. It's not something the company takes lightly in doing.

As of right now Pacific Power has no shutoffs planned. 

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