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Calif. Fires: PG&E Shuts Off Power To Thousands Of Bay Area Residents

Hotter temperatures and strengthening winds raised wildfire risk in California and prompted power shutoffs.

“Latest updates from today:

4:01 a.m. Winds picking up across region: As predicted, surging winds are blowing across the Bay Area, creating sustained tensions over raised fire risks. The National Weather Service recorded gusts of 55 mph on Black Hawk Ridge, at the southeast end of Mt. Diablo State Park. A sensor on Mt. Alison, east of Fremont, recorded a 44 mph gust, and winds were blowing at between 50 to 60 mph at times early Thursday morning at Mt. St. Helena. Wind speeds were predicted to peak at around sunrise Thursday, or about 7:15 a.m.

12:45 a.m. Wind gusts of 53 mph recorded at Mount Umunhum: Wind speeds reached 43 mph on Mount Umunhum in the South Bay, with winds gusts reaching 53 mph at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to data collected by the National Weather Service’s Fire Weather Snooper.

The Chronicle’s Fire Updates page documents the latest events in wildfires and power shut-offs across the Bay Area and the state of California.

The Chronicle’s Fire Map and Tracker provides updates on fires burning throughout California, including these huge lightning-sparked blazes in Northern California”.

Lauren Hernández, Michael Williams, and Aidin Vaziri report for the San Francisco Chronicle October 15, 2020.


“Californians Fear More Wildfires As Winds Pick Up” (Reuters)

“Triple-Digit Temperatures, Strong Winds Forecast This Week ‘Elevate Fire Risk' In California – Again” (USA TODAY)

“The Zogg Fire Is Fully Contained After Claiming 4 Lives And Scorching More Than 50,000 Acres” (CNN)