Firefighters make gains against Los Angeles wildfire, evacuation orders lifted


"We all know the devastation that fires can cause", she said.

Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power to more than half a million customers Wednesday in Northern California in the biggest planned shut off in the state's history.

Another small fire - 11 acres - burned on the Brisbane side of San Bruno mountain in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco, reports KQED which cited local officials.

All three fires started Thursday.

In a tweet, the Los Angeles Police Department says: "We thank members of the community for promptly heeding the evacuation orders and their patience as we worked to contain the fire".

The NWS predicted a "very dry airmass will sweep across the region", and minimum humidity values are expected to plummet and remain low.

The strong winds that fanned the flames of multiple fires in Southern California have subsided; however, firefighters have a long way to go as low humidity levels and rising afternoon temperatures continue to make for hard conditions.

PG&E said it was informing customers by text and email about where and when power would be cut.

He estimated that if PG&E's blackout lasts two days, it could have an economic impact of as much as $2.6 billion, using a planning tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The night before, someone fired a bullet into a PG&E vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Mrs. Yamaguchi told The Rafu Shimpo that when they evacuated, they saw the fire. "We believe that witness, and someone else who said something similar".

Thousands of students were getting the day off Wednesday, and possibly Thursday, as school districts across Northern California announced plans to cancel classes. He apologized for the hardship the power outages caused, but said, "I do think we made the right call on safety".

One person died during the fire.

If you're in an area of California scheduled to lose power - or want to ensure you're ready if the power does go out - you can take a handful of steps now to help your electronic devices last as long as possible during the outage.

There's also the massive area to patrol. The blackout, he said, "shows that PG&E finally woke up to their responsibility to keep people safe". But it's pricey. PG&E estimates it costs about $3 million per mile to move distribution lines underground, and the utility now has 81,000 miles of overhead distribution lines, said Doherty, PG&E spokesman. Several others are still unaccounted for. The fire continues to burn and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are expected to last until 6 p.m.

The company had reportedly turned off power to some customers across the region as a precaution after extreme winds and dry weather had raised the risk of wildfire.

The number of circuit-miles requiring inspection includes almost 25,000 miles of distribution lines and 2,500 miles of transmission lines, a combined distance measuring longer than a trip around the circumference of the Earth.

"There's speculation that this [preemptive shutoff] is PG&E's way of saying, it [underground power lines] might be expensive, but the alternative is to have these shutoffs", said Wolfram. That allows fuels to dry out, again worsening the risk of fires.