While PG&E is turning off power in various parts of Northern California this weekend due to a Red Flag Warning indicating high wildfire danger, there are no imminent plans for Public Safety Power Shutoffs in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
Weather and fire conditions in our region through this weekend are considered normal in all eight of our operating districts. Our meteorology team produces a Fire Potential Index daily, with a seven-day look ahead. It classifies fire danger as “normal”, “elevated” and “extreme” based on a list of key variables, such as wind speed, the moisture level of vegetation, and historical fire occurrences within each of our operating districts.
Turning off power for safety is only used by SDG&E as a last resort to prevent wildfires when extreme weather conditions, such as high winds combined with dry vegetation and low humidity are forecasted. We carefully weigh a combination of factors before we take this step, because we understand there is never a good time to lose power.
SDG&E has a team of five full-time meteorologists who closely monitor weather and fire conditions 24/7/365. Helping to enhance their situational awareness is a network of 177 weather stations SDG&E has installed throughout high fire risk areas to provide new data about wind, temperature, and humidity conditions every ten minutes. In addition, our meteorologists monitor 100 cameras that provide live streaming views of high fire risk areas.
For More Information
To learn more about our Public Safety Power Shutoff program and our wildfire safety and prevention initiatives, visit this web page.
We urge all of our customers to update their contact information via the MyAccount web portal so they can receive timely notifications about potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs.