As California burns, action taken to avoid future mass blackouts — ‘This is not the new normal,’ governor vows

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

By Marcy Axness and Patric Hedlund with Gary Meyer, TME

California is on fire again, with a doomsday twist: even as hundreds of thousands of people were evacuating from their homes, millions more up and down the state are enduring power outages. Some have spent days without electricity.

Pacific Gas & Electric’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) pulled the plug on huge chunks of California.

As we go to press, Lebec is dark. The PG&E outage that started…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

The Thomas fire that raged toward Lockwood Valley in 2017-18 was started by faulty electric lines like the one at left, that burned in PMC.

May 15, 2013: The day after the Grand fire started, fire investigators were examining So. Cal. Edison power poles at the ignition point of the fire.

A Community Resource Center was set up by PG&E outside the Lebec Post Office to provide residents ice, bottled water, protein bars, a device charging station and even some hot coffee.

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This is part of the November 1, 2019 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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