One million residents of California are still in the dark after the country’s largest public utility company cut power to nearly 2.7 million people over the weekend in an attempt to prevent more wildfires from breaking out in the state.
California is currently dealing with 10 separate wildfires, some of them having consumed as few as 150 acres and others having spread across massive areas of land. The Kincade Fire, which began on October 23, has consumed nearly 75,000 acres.
Strong winds prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to cut power, hoping to prevent downed live wires from starting fires. This is the fourth shutoff the company has performed this month.
Forecasters were worried Tuesday afternoon that the state’s Santa Ana winds could fuel more destructive fires in the state.