Some 800,000 residents in 34 counties are bracing for up to a week in the dark as utility company PG&E cuts power today to reduce the risk of wildfires. Heavy winds are expected this week, and the company’s power lines have sparked some of the Golden State’s fiercest blazes in recent years. But the largest preventive outage in California history is igniting anger among residents, who have crashed PG&E’s website several times while scrambling for details on the shutoff.
Do outages really reduce wildfire risks? Some customers aren’t sold, saying PG&E would do better to inspect their problematic power lines.