California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year

California Wildfires
California Wildfires
Posted at 10:01 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 22:59:49-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year, a forecast that prompted the largest utility to announce plans to cut power Sunday to nearly 1 million people to guard against its equipment sparking new blazes. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says the outages would start in far Northern California and ultimately could affect 386,000 customers in 38 counties, with many of the shutoffs concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area. At a Saturday night briefing, utility officials said high winds were expected to arrive midday Sunday and reach 40 to 60 mph  (64 to 97 kph) with higher gusts in the mountains. Winds that strong can topple trees and send branches into power lines.