PG&E's Wildfire Response - 10/12/17

Oct 12, 2017

About the wildfires in Northern California  

Last updated October 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  

In coordination with Cal Fire and other first responders, PG&E is responding to multiple fires throughout our service area, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Sonoma and Napa counties, the Redwood Complex fires in Mendocino County, the Cherokee and LaPorte fires in Butte County, the Point fire in Calaveras County and more.

In some cases, we have proactively de-energized some power lines to support the response efforts. We have crews who are working safely to support first responders and additional crews available for response. On Thursday morning, PG&E crews continue to assess damage to the electric and gas system in the areas affected by Sunday's overnight wildfires, which continue to burn in several locations throughout the North Bay.

We have activated multiple emergency operations centers throughout our service area to facilitate our response to the fires and have established base camps in Napa and Sonoma counties.

As of 10:00 a.m., Thursday, we have about 49,000 customers out of power throughout our service area, with the majority of them in Sonoma and Napa counties.

PG&E is deploying employees from across our service area to support the response. Additionally, mutual aid crews from Southern California, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona are joining our efforts.

Customers needing to evacuate the area are encouraged to locate shelter through the Red Cross Shelter FinderOpens in new Window.. Currently, the shelters PG&E has confirmed via the Red Cross are located by county as follows:

·         Butte County
Church of Nazarene: 2234 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville

·         Calaveras County
West Point Community Center: 22283 Hwy 26, West Point
West Point Community Covenant Church: 22264 Hwy 26, West Point

·         Lake County
Lakeport Community 7th Day Adventist Church: 1111 Park Way, Lakeport
Twin Pine Casino: 22223 CA-29, Middletown

·         Marin County
Lawson's Landing: 137 Marine View Drive, Dillon Beach 
Marin Event Center: 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael
Marin County Fairground: 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael
Marconi Conference Center: 18500 State Route 1, Marshall
Quest Church: 1461 S. Novato Blvd., Novato
San Geronimo Valley Community Center: 6350 Sir Francis Drake, San Geronimo
Terra Linda High School: 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael

·         Mendocino County
Hopland Sho-Ka-Wah Casino: 13101 Nokomis Rd., Hopland
Ukiah High School: 1000 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah
Willits High School: 299 N Main St, Willits

·         Napa County 
American Canyon High School: 3000 Newell, American Canyon
Crosswalk Community Church: 2590 First Street, Napa
Napa Valley College: 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa

·         Nevada County
First Baptist Church: 1866 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley
Twin Cities Church: 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley

·         Solano County
Allan Witt Center: 1741 West Texas St, Fairfield
Fairfield High School: 205 E Atlantic Ave., Fairfield
Solano Community Center: 4000 Suisan Valley Rd, Fairfield

·         Sonoma County
Analy High School: 6950 Analy Ave., Sepastopol
Burton Recreation Center: 7421 Burton, Rohnert Park
Casa Grande High School: 333 Casa Grande Road, Petaluma
Church of Christ: 370 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma
Civic Center Huerta Gymnasium: 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor
Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds: 1 Citrus Fair Dr,, Cloverdale
Community Church: 1000 Gravenstein Hwy, Sepastopol
Cook Middle School: 2480 Sebastopol Rd., Sonoma
Elsie Allen High School: 599 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa
Faith Community Church: 7352 Boris Ct., Rohnert Park
Finley Community Center: 2060 W College Ave., Santa Rosa
Hessel Church: 5060 Hessel  Ave, Sebastopol
New Life Church: 1310 Clegg, Petaluma
Petaluma Community Center: 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Petaluma Veterans Building: 1094 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma
Sonoma Fairgrounds: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
St. Stephen’s Church: 500 Robinson Rd., Sebastopol
Technology Middle School: 7165 Burton Ave., Rohnert Park
Veterans Memorial: 126 1st St W, Sonoma
Victory Outreach Church: 4042 Sebastopol, Santa Rosa
Windsor High School: 8695 Windsor Rd., Windsor

·         Yuba County
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds: 422 Franklin Ave, Yuba City

Gas Restoration

·         In an effort to protect the safety of our customers, crews and communities, PG&E crews are taking strategic steps to stop the flow of gas in area impacts by the fires. We continue to monitor fire activity and are responding to impacted areas safely and as quickly as possible.

·         PG&E is working to restore gas service to approximately 36,000 customers in areas impacted by the fires.

·         We are currently assessing the following as first responders grant permission to safely access areas: access and safety of the area, and damage to our gas facilities.

·         In order to restore gas service, gas crews must conduct a thorough assessment of damaged infrastructure and on-site inspections at each customer home and business. We want to stress the importance of how critical access to meters is to the gas restoration process.

Gas Relight Process

·         In order to restore service safely and as quickly as possible, PG&E crews will need access to homes and businesses and may need to work with customers to enter properties. Every gas meter must be inspected and gas crews must ensure that no gas is flowing on the customer's property. Turning gas off at every meter is a necessary first step.

·         Following that process, all active gas lines must be cleared of residual gas.

·         Once gas has been cleared and it is safe to do so, gas service will be returned to the lines.

·         After that, Gas Service Representatives will visit customer homes and businesses to restore service and relight pilot lights.

·         As reminder, PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you. Customers should always ask to see valid identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify PG&E's presence in the community.




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