As the Carr fire in the far reaches of Northern California spread death and destruction over the weekend, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) activated multiple emergency operations centers to support the state's emergency response in Shasta County.
PG&E activated its Emergency Operations Center at its San Francisco headquarters, its Gas Emergency Center in San Ramon, CA, in the East San Francisco Bay, and a local support center near the wildfire, which is about 100 miles south of the Oregon-California border. In addition, PG&E's new Wildfire Safety Operations Center was fully staffed and continues to monitor active fires and the potential threats of new ones.
"PG&E is supporting first responders and local agencies, monitoring its gas and electric infrastructure, and providing mutual assistance to Redding Electric Utility, which provides electricity to approximately 44,000 customers in the city of Redding," a PG&E spokesperson said.
At the request of Cal Fire, PG&E said it turned off power to some electric customers located outside of the City of Redding as an emergency measure, and so far it has turned off gas service for safety to approximately 500 customers, and that count is expected to grow.
In March, PG&E launched its Community Wildfire Safety Program to implement additional precautionary measures in an effort to reduce the risk of the threat of the fires.
State fire officials said 12,000 firefighters are battling 17 different wildfires across the state that have burned more than 200,000 acres, with 95,000 acres included in the Carr fire. The state has battled this many wildfires simultaneously before, state officials said, but perhaps not as many large fires like the current outbreaks..
Fatalities from the fires reached eight on Sunday, and seven missing person investigations were underway.