Fires knock out power to 87,000 customers

Roughly 87,000 utility customers are without electrical service in the North Bay, with the majority of those customers in Sonoma and Napa counties, a PG&E spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon.

About 50,000 customers affected in the Santa Rosa area and roughly 20,000 more in the Napa area, according to PG&E spokeswoman Andrea Menniti:

“We are currently assessing damage as first responders grant permission for our crews to safely access areas.”

At one point Monday, there were at least 114,000 customers affected by the outage.

Additionally, PG&E has shut off gas service for roughly 28,000 customers in the Santa Rosa, Yountville, Napa and Kenwood areas as a safety precaution since fire can damage gas pipes and meters.

Menniti said:

“We took this action with our gas assets with safety first in mind to protect our customers and our communities.”

Reports of downed power lines have surfaced throughout the areas affected by wildfires this week, and PG&E urges anyone who encounters one to assume the line is live and stay away from it.

Wildfires raging throughout the Bay Area have killed at least 11 people and destroyed at least 2,000 structures in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.