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PG&E Expecting Public Safety Power Shutoff Due to Extreme Fire Weather for Madera County Mountain Communities

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Oct. 23, 2020 – PG&E has notified the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is expected to affect areas of Madera County Mountain Communities.

The PSPS is in response to the National Weather Service issuing a red flag warning for extreme fire weather for portions of the Sierra National Forest including portions in Madera County.

The forecast calls for a chance of light precipitation with minimal accumulations on Sunday.

A cold front will bring very strong winds East to Northeast of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph and low humidity. The strong winds combined with very low humidity may produce a period of critical fire weather conditions.

This PSPS is anticipated to begin on Sunday afternoon Oct. 25 and last through Tuesday evening Oct. 27 or the morning of Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is recommending residents in the Madera County Mountain Communities to start preparing now for this event; updated information will be provided as it is received from PG&E.

Residents can go to www.prepareforpowerdown.com for more information on how to prepare and to sign up for alerts from PG&E.

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