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PSA(News): PG&E power shutoff across California (updated Oct 30: Easy Fire near Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

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We lost power around 8:30 Saturday. We were at a Halloween party and it was actually pretty funny when the whole crowd cheered. We have a generator to keep the essentials running (ds’s medical equipment and the fridge). Dh ran over to Safeway yesterday and it was chaos. Lines stretching to the back and around the store. He didn’t buy anything. I’m going into the city today for an interview at SFSU so I plan to make a pit stop at Target next door. Now that it’s looking like this may stretch into the end of the week, we need some more snacks and activities and toilet paper. 
 

We’ve discovered that our furnace doesn’t function without electricity but our water heater does, thank God. 
 

There have been some local generator fires including the nursing home that my friend works at. Thankfully, everyone was ok.
 

The smoke hasn’t been bad at all here. Stargazing was crystal clear last night. 
 

It’s eerie. We’ve had very little cell signal at home so I’ve been cut off from the news. It’s weird knowing the kincaid Fire is going on but not being able to keep up with it unless we leave home (which we haven’t done much of to conserve gas). 
 

We had church unplugged yesterday and that was lovely. 

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Getty Fire from abc7news https://abcnews.go.com/US/live-updates-massive-evacuations-underway-los-angeles-getty/story?id=66579976

“As winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California, the Getty Fire in Los Angeles is exploding in size and forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles' famous Getty Center, the fire has consumed 500 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were on fire.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean -- which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.

...

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said he saw five homes destroyed.

"We've seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay," Garcetti said. "Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family."

The cause of the quickly spreading blaze is under investigation but Garcetti said it was not caused by homeless encampments.

Throughout the day, the conditions in Los Angeles will be extremely dangerous for fire growth.”

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5 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

DS23 texted yesterday, around 4:00 Pacific time, and said the smoke in San Jose was pretty bad.

 

There was also a house fire in Milpitas so depending on wind direction, he might be getting smoke from both fires. 

My kids ran the room air purifier all day yesterday in the living room. Luckily we are not in the power shutoff zone. We might need to buy another air purifier as we have been moving our only one to and from bedroom to living room.

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If you don't have the $$$ to buy another HEPA, or if power is out and you can get a battery operated fan (amazon delivery?), attaching a furnace filter to the back of a fan is a decent way to filter air. 

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/wildfire/this-diy-air-filter-for-wildfire-smoke-is-less-than-20/103-87580d30-73a6-4c33-843a-6fbe0ab3acc7

 

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2 hours ago, Arcadia said:

 

There was also a house fire in Milpitas so depending on wind direction, he might be getting smoke from both fires. 

My kids ran the room air purifier all day yesterday in the living room. Luckily we are not in the power shutoff zone. We might need to buy another air purifier as we have been moving our only one to and from bedroom to living room.

 

It could be helpful to get some face filter masks for in case you lose electricity.  That helps lungs a lot.  

Eyes can also be badly affected by smoke.  But are harder to protect. 

 

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From abc7news 5mins ago https://abc7news.com/pg-e-says-its-power-lines-may-have-started-2-fires-in-lafayette/5653991/

“LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- PG&E says its power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the Bay Area.

The company reported the incidents near Lafayette to state regulators on Monday.

PG&E told the California Public Utilities Commission that a worker responded to the first fire around 4:45 p.m. Sunday and was told firefighters believe contact between a power line and a communication line may have caused it.

A worker went to another fire about an hour later and was told firefighters are investigating a transformer as a possible ignition source.”

 

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2 hours ago, Pen said:

It could be helpful to get some face filter masks for in case you lose electricity.  That helps lungs a lot.  

Eyes can also be badly affected by smoke.  But are harder to protect. 

 

Thanks. My area is unlikely to lose power though we do get <2hr power outage once or twice a year. The community college my kid dual enroll in is giving out N95 masks so he could pick one up for himself if air quality gets really bad on campus  🙂 After the Camp Fire 2018 and Tubbs Fire 2017, a friend has stock up on N95 masks as emergency rations.

 “We have N95 face masks available for students at the Library (3500), Support Center (5200), President's Corner (1900, Room 1907) and the Bookstore (2300).”

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Calfire 6pm press release Kincade Fire https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/9999/102819-kincade-fire-evacuation-warning-lake-county.pdf

 “CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2019
WHAT: ADDITIONAL EVACUATION WARNING ISSUED
EVACUATION WARNING FOR PARTS OF LAKE COUNTY

WHEN: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
WHERE: An additional EVACUATION WARNING has been placed for the following zone(s) of the fire:

Zone 31: Issued for the area of Highway 29 from Butts Canyon Road South to the County Line. All of Butts Canyon Road in Lake County between Highway 29 & Napa County Line. Highway 175 between Highway 29 Middleton North to McKinley Drive. This includes Middletown proper, Twin Pine Casino, Middletown Rancheria, Dry Creek area, all roads off of Highway 175 between Middletown and McKinley Dive, and Butts Canyon Road including all side streets.

Notes:
To view the most current Lake County Map, follow this link:
https://tinyurl.com/lakecountymap
To view the most current Napa County Map, follow this link:
https://tinyurl.com/napacountymap
To view the most current Sonoma County Map, follow this link:
https://tinyurl.com/sonomacountymap ”



 

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15 minutes ago, sassenach said:

Power is back but we’re supposed to lose it again in the morning. 

 

Hope your SFSU interview went well. Humboldt county might lose power again tonight.

https://m.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2019/10/28/some-power-restored-as-another-blackout-looms

“According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, PG&E is hoping to restore power to all local customers in advance of the next weather event that will bring elevated fire conditions and another blackout. That weather event is expected to begin at 6 a.m. tomorrow, with PG&E currently planning to cut power in Humboldt County around 4:30 a.m. But OES warns that these times are estimates and locals should prepare to lose power any time tonight.”

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From LA fire dept https://www.lafd.org/news/getty-fire

“INFORMATION UPDATE: As of 10/28/19 at 8:00 PM PDT

SIZE: 618 acres

CONTAINMENT: 5%

STRUCTURES AFFECTED: There are over 10,000 structures (both residential and commercial) in the Mandatory Evacuation Zone. Eight structures have been destroyed and six structures have been damaged.

MANDATORY EVACUATION: Evacuation Orders have been lifted for the Mountaingate community. The official Evacuation Map indicates Mandatory Evacuation Zones in RED that remain in effect tonight. You can search for an address in the upper right corner of the map.”

From NBC LA https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Getty-Fire-405-Freeway-Wildfire-Westside-Los-Angeles-Evacuations-Road-Closures-Schools-563972741.html

“School Closures

  • Palisades and University high schools
  • Emerson and Revere middle schools
  • Brentwood, Brockton, Canyon, Community Magnet, Fairburn, Kentner, Marquez, Palisades, Roscomare, Nora Sterry, Topanga, Warner and Westwood elementary schools
  • Citizens of the World Gateway and Ivy Place campuses
  • Magnolia Science Academy #4 and #6
  • Palisades Charter High School
  • The Archer School
  • New Roads School
  • All Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools
  • New West Charter School
  • Santa Monica College
  • UCLA 

All Santa Monica and Malibu schools were expected to be open Tuesday, Oct. 29, school officials said.

Donation Center

Items needed include bottled water, energy bars, toiletries, wipes, dry dog food, animal crates, toilet paper and paper towels. No clothing is needed, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield's office.

Those interested in donating can leave items at the evacuation center at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd.”

 

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7pm CalFire update for Kincade Fire 

 https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10010/kincade-incident-update-102919-pm.pdf

”Size: 76,138
Containment: 15%
Structures Destroyed: 189
First Responder Injuries: 2”

PG&E shutoff today https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_pspsupdates#1029

“Anticipated power shutoff start time

4 a.m., 10/29 – Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity

7 a.m., 10/29 – Humboldt (South), Lake, Marin*, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo

8 a.m., 10/29 – El Dorado, Mendocino, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama, Yuba

4 p.m., 10/29 – Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne

7 p.m., 10/29 – Humboldt (North), Siskiyou

9 p.m., 10/29 – Kern

10 p.m., 10/29 – Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo”


    

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Good news for some: https://abc7news.com/society/pg-e-reduces-counties-impacted-by-outages-in-bay-area/5658336/

“Due to favorable favorable weather, PG&E will no longer turn off power Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo counties.

This has reduced the scope of the preventative outages by 30,000 to approximately 510,000 customers in portions of 22 counties.”

Bad news: https://abc7news.com/live-simi-valley-brush-fire-burns-170-acres-in-red-flag-conditions/5658669/

“SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A fast-moving vegetation fire erupted on the hillsides above Simi Valley on Wednesday morning amid extreme red flag conditions, prompting evacuation orders and school closures as it spread to 200 acres.

...

Firefighters raced to protect the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a thin wall of flames approached from a nearby hillside. The facility was closed Wednesday.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

All schools in the Simi Valley and Moorpark unified school districts were closed Wednesday, according to the Ventura County Office of Education.

Santa Ana winds were expected to reach speeds of 40-50 mph in the burn area on Wednesday, with gusts of up to 60 mph on ridgetops, the National Weather Service said. Single-digit humidity was forecasted throughout the day.”

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I was very glad to wake-up to calm winds this morning after forecasts of a very significant wind event that might re-spark the Getty Fire (immediately south of where I live). The Santa Ana winds blow south by south-west, which puts my hillside community out of risk, but we have many friends in the affected areas of Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.

The lack of winds makes our immediate air quality worse--I would not have known there was a huge fire burning very close by when the winds were high--but I'll take the calm dirty air anytime to save those homes and wild areas from burning.

I hope it remains calm here.

Bill

 

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On 10/27/2019 at 10:36 AM, MEmama said:

They did find another. But keep threatening to go back home anyway. Ugh!! 


Kincade Fire repopulation.  Can’t find the webpage link. Photos are print screen from their Facebook page

 

 

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On 10/9/2019 at 1:13 PM, MEmama said:

Substantial areas of my hometown burned to the ground last year.

This doesn’t strike me as a sexy or sustainable solution,  but I’m willing to guess an awful lot of people would rather make do without power for a few days than lose their homes, their neighbourhood or their entire community again. 

 

Anything is better than another firestorm and the 4500-plus homes that burned in 2017 in Santa Rosa CA. Both southern and northern CA can get very high winds. In SoCal they're called Santa Anas, usually hot, blowing off the Mojave desert to the sea. In NorCal they're not always hot, but just as dry. This year they clocked wind gusts of 90-100 mph in the foothills/higher elevations, 50-60 mph sustained. Once a fire starts, the winds drive its expansion pretty quickly. They also create a lot of debris, downed branches, etc., which can impact power lines, hence the pre-emptive shutoffs. About 2/3 of my county (Sonoma) was shut off and about 1/2 evacuated for several days. But this time no loss of life from fire (one person killed by traffic accident), only one major injury. Once we're back home we STILL have to wait to have power and gas turned back home. Our house has power but no heating and nights are cold! But anything is better than another firestorm, right? Cooking in my crockpot and microwave and thankful for it.

Adding: They probably were overly cautious and evacuated many more people than needed, but a lot of areas don't have many ways out and traffic can be crazy. This year instead of being surprised by fire (2017) we had time to pack and evacuate in day time. That was huge! I still needed to get some winter clothes, but at least I had socks and underwear and our wedding album and passports....all of which I forgot in 2017.

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35 minutes ago, Laurel-in-CA said:

Adding: They probably were overly cautious and evacuated many more people than needed, but a lot of areas don't have many ways out and traffic can be crazy. This year instead of being surprised by fire (2017) we had time to pack and evacuate in day time. 


Thank goodness it was less bad than the previous two big fires but still horrible for those that lost their homes 😞

From abc7news https://abc7news.com/fire-victims-return-home-find-sentimental-possessions-among-the-rubble-/5663157/

“According to CAL FIRE, 141 of the 282 structures that burned were residential properties.
...

Another concern is for ranchers in the area. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is asking for donations to help the animals impacted.

"Our biggest concern right now is more with our livestock producers," Tawny Tesconi, the organization's executive director, said. "Lots of fences burned, structures burned, barns burned, hay supplies burned."

"We're getting feed supplies, water, that kind of thing up to the various areas within the ember zone that have got cattle or goats or sheep that need to be taken care of," she added .

For those looking to help Kincade Fire victims, GoFundMe has aggregated many of the fundraising campaigns here.”

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From CalFire 7pm update https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10025/kincade-103119-pm-update.pdf

“Structures Destroyed: 349 Residential: 165 Commercial: 10
Other: 174
Structures Damaged: 55 Residential: 33 Commercial: 1
Other: 21

Structures Threatened: 1,630 Residential: 1,510 Commercial: 20
Other: 100
Containment: 65%
First Responder Injuries: 4“
          
From CBSnews UPDATED ON: OCTOBER 31, 2019 / 10:21 PM https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/fire-in-california-latest-easy-getty-kincade-fires-evacuations-today-live-updates-2019-10-31/

“Latest updates:

  • Kincade Fire in Northern California: 76,825 acres burned; 60% contained
  • Easy Fire in Southern California: 1,723 acres burned; 10% contained
  • Getty Fire in Southern California: 745 acres burned; 39% contained
  • 46 Fire in Southern California: 300 acres burned; 15% contained
  • Hillside Fire in Southern California: 200 acres burned; 50% contained
  • Maria Fire in Southern California: 750 acres burned
  • About 53,000 homes and businesses are still affected by Pacific Gas & Electric's power shutoff after it cut electricity to millions of people in an effort to prevent new blazes”

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RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2019 2:00 p.m.
KINCADE FIRE EVACUATION & REPOPULATION INFORMATION https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10019/103119repopulation.pdf

“WHAT: REPOPULATION & REDUCTION OF EVACUATION ORDERS
WHEN: Thursday October 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Evacuation Warning LIFTED in Zone 21, Zone 31, Zone 32, Zone 33 & Zone 34

Evacuation warnings have been LIFTED for the following areas.

Zone 21:
City of Calistoga and Napa County North of Diamond Mountain Road to Dunaweal Lane. East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line. South of the Lake County/Napa County Line. West of Pickett Road

Zone 31:
Issued for the area of Highway 29 from Butts Canyon Road South to the County Line. All of Butts Canyon Road in Lake County between Highway 29 & Napa County Line. Highway 175 between Highway 29 Middletown Rancheria, Dry Creek area, all roads off of Highway 175 between Middletown and McKinley Drive, & Butts Canyon including all side streets.

Zone 32:
West of Big Canyon Road. South of Sulpher Creek Road and Harrington Flat Road. East of the Sonoma County/Lake County Line. North of Zone 31.

Zone 33:
West of Big Canyon Road to Seigler Canyon Road across to Seigler Springs North Road. South of Red Hills Road. East of Bottle Rock Road to Harrington Flat Road. North of Zone 32.

Zone 34:
West of Bottle Rock Road to Harrington Flat Road. North of Sulphur Creek Road to the Zone 32 border. West of the Sonoma County/Lake County Line North to the intersection of McKinley Road & Bottle Rock Road. Including Cold Water Creek Road Lakeview Road, Golden Pines”

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Arcadia -- We are all so happy to see the last of those evacuation orders lifted!! Now I am waiting for PG&E to turn my gas on so I can have heat and cook and shower. Minor concerns compared to last week's this time, when I was packing to leave.

Thinking of those still facing raging fires in SoCal.

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