Although our region is experiencing a heat wave, our meteorology team does not anticipate the high temperatures to lead to a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service or Public Safety Power Shutoffs in the coming days.
Temperature is just one of many factors we use to determine whether it’s necessary to turn off power to protect public safety. Other factors used to evaluate the need for Public Safety Power Shutoffs include wind speed, moisture content of vegetation, field observations, information from first responders and existing fires impacting firefighting resource availability.
Fire risk is rated “elevated” in four of our eight operating districts today and tomorrow, but it drops to normal the rest of the week, according to our Fire Potential Index.
This index is published daily by our meteorology team, 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.
Sixteen of those are pan-tilt-zoom cameras that we can control to help triangulate where fires start.