PG&E shutdown: 800,000 people to lose power to prevent California wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 34 northern and central counties in state’s biggest-ever preventive outage

A California utility has announced it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in an effort to prevent new wildfires, in the largest preventive outage in state history.

With windy, dry weather in the forecast and warnings of extreme fire danger, Pacific Gas & Electric utility said it will start turning off power to 34 counties in northern and central California after midnight Wednesday.

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