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The infrastucture has to be protected, even if it causes temporary outages. Especially in the case of a major solar flare. It could devastate the country. There are only so many major transformers. If they are destroyed it could take years to replace them.

What If the Biggest Solar Storm on Record Happened Today?
That's understandable. But the real reason PG&E is doing this is to prevent faulty equipment from starting fires in hot, dry, windy weather conditions, such as what happened in Paradise, CA during the Camp Fire last year.
 

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The Briceburg Fire in the foothills of Mariposa County grew to 2,000 acres today, and continues to affect access to Yosemite Park as Highway 140 is closed and nearby homes have been evacuated. Strong, dry winds are expected in the area tomorrow, which is raising concerns of explosive fire growth as a result. The fire is only 10 percent contained.

PG&E will be shutting off power to customers across 34 counties throughout northern California starting at midnight tonight in response to expected fire danger weather. More than 800,000 customers are expected to be without electricity for at least a couple of days.
 

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The Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County outside Yosemite Park has more than doubled in size today, now at 4,400 acres. Strong winds have hampered containment efforts, as has the ruggedness of the terrain. Highway 140 remains closed going into Yosemite Park, and evacuations remain in effect. One structure has burned. Containment is at 15 percent.

Meanwhile, PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff has taken effect, and nearly a million customers throughout northern California are currently in the dark. Keep in mind that "customer", in this context, is a single entity receiving electrical service, not necessarily a single person. The actual number of people in the dark right now is estimated to be in the millions. It's also important to note that, during the outage, street lights and traffic signals are also dark. Driving within the effected areas is hazardous at best.
 
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The Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County along the Highway 140 entrance to Yosemite Park continues to grow, now at 4,900 acres, as firefighters deal with strong winds and rugged terrain. Highway 140 remains closed in the fire area. Containment has improved to 28 percent.

A new, fast-moving fire started this afternoon in the Moreno Valley area of Riverside County in southern California. Dubbed the Reche Fire, it has burned 400 acres and forced evacuations in the area. The fire has no containment at this time. No structures have burned, but high tension power lines are threatened.

Another fire started in the Calimesa area of Riverside County east of Riverside. The Sandalwood Fire got started by a county garbage truck offloading a load of garbage that had ignited, what is called a "hot load". The burning debris ignited a brush fire that, driven by the Santa Ana winds, destroyed a nearby mobile home park. Dozens of mobile homes have been reduced to ash. The fire is now at 400 acres and is ten percent contained.

Edit - Breaking News: A new brush fire was just reported burning within the northern Los Angeles County community of Sylmar. This yet-unnamed fire is being fanned by high Santa Ana winds in the area. Interstate 210 has been closed in the area.
 
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Okay, going with what's been grabbing the news first:

The brush fire burning in the Los Angeles County community of Sylmar now has a name. The Saddleridge Fire ignited late last night and has been fanned by wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. The fire has exploded to 7,542 acres by this afternoon, but that number is expected to go up as evening reports come in. Roughly 23,000 households representing 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, and four major freeways have been closed at at least some point during the fire. At least 31 structures have been destroyed by the fire. Interstate 210 through northern San Fernando Valley remains closed. Interstate 5 has been closed, but southbound lanes have been reopened at this time. Interstate 405 and State Route 14 Southbound had been closed. The fire is 13 percent contained, and the Red Flag Warning indicating fire danger weather remains in effect through tomorrow. One person is reported dead as a result of the fire.

The Sandalwood Fire burning in Riverside County in Calamesa has burned 823 acres. It got started when a garbage truck dumped a load of garbage that had ignited by the side of the road. At least 74 structures have been destroyed and 16 others have been damaged. The fire is currently 10 percent contained. One person has died in the fire and an unknown number of others have been injured, mostly from the mobile home park at the fire's origin.

The Reche Fire burning in Riverside County north of Moreno Valley has burned about 350 acres. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, and no structures or utilities have been damaged. The fire is 60 percent contained.

The Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County near the Highway 140 entrance to Yosemite Park is now at 5,100 acres and is now 40 percent contained. All mandatory evacuations in the area have been lifted. State Route 140 remains closed, however.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire burning between the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys in northern Los Angeles County has blackened 7,900 acres in and around Sylmar. It is now burning away from populated areas, and all evacuation orders have been lifted and all affected freeways have been reopened. The cause of the fire, which has damaged or destroyed at least 31 structures, is still under investigation, but some reports indicate it may have started near a power transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison, which was still energized when the fire started. So far one death has been attributed to the fire. The fire is currently 33 percent contained.

The Sandalwood Fire in the Calimesa area of Riverside County has burned 1,011 acres since it started three days ago from a garbage truck that had dumped its burning load by the side of the highway. Evacuations remain in effect for the area. Two deaths have been attributed to the fire so far, and 74 structures have been destroyed, with another 16 sustaining some type of damage. The fire is 68 percent contained.

Nearby in Moreno Valley in Riverside County, the Reche Fire has been held to 350 acres, and is now 97 percent contained. No structures have been damaged, and there have been no injuries as a result of the fire.

The Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County has grown a bit to 5,563 acres, mainly in steep, rugged terrain. Highway 140 remains closed to Yosemite Park. The fire is 60 percent contained.
 
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Fire crews have made good progress on the Saddleridge Fire burning around Sylmar in northern Los Angeles County. The fire has grown just slightly, now at 7,965 acres, and is 42 percent contained at this time. Weather has become favorable for the firefight, with cool, moist air coming onshore replacing the strong, offshore Santa Ana winds of the last several days. One person has died of a heart attack while defending his home from the fire.

The Sandalwood Fire burning in the Calimesa area of Riverside County has been held to 1,011 acres, and forward progress has been halted. An estimated 76 structures have been destroyed, and two deaths have been attributed to the fire. Containment is at 86 percent.

The Reche Fire in the Moreno Valley area of Riverside County is fully contained at 350 acres.

The Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County has been held to 5,563 acres and is now 70 percent contained. Highway 140 has been reopened after having been closed to the Yosemite Park entrance for the last several days.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire around the northern Los Angeles County community of Sylmar still continues to grow, now at 8,391 acres, while containment has crept up to 44 percent as of this evening. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators have determined it started beneath
power transmission lines owned by Southern California Edison. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 75 structures so far.

The Sandalwood Fire burning in the Calimesa area of Riverside County remains at 1,011 acres, as containment edges up to 94 percent. All evacuation orders have been lifted, but the mobile home park by the fire's point of origin remains closed off. This fire is neck-and-neck with the Saddleridge Fire as being the state's most destructive wildfire so far this fire season, having destroyed 74 structures and damaged 16 others since it started five days ago.

Firefighters continue to hold their ground against the Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County near the Highway 140 entrance to Yosemite Park. It remains at 5,563 acres, while containment improves to 80 percent.
 
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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake and a swarm of aftershocks shook up Bay Area residents earlier this evening at around 10:33pm PDT. The temblors were mainly centered around Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County, south of Concord, along Interstate 680. No injuries or damage were reported.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles County has been essentially halted, at least for now, after blackening nearly 8,400 acres. The number of structures affected has been revised: 19 structures have been destroyed, with another 88 structures sustaining some type of damage. The fire is 46 percent contained.

The Sandalwood Fire in the Calimesa area of Riverside County has been fully contained. The fire had charred 1,011 acres, and destroyed 76 structures and damaged 16 others, making this the most destructive wildfire so far this season. Two people have died from the fire. The cause of the fire was the dumping along the side of a road of burning material in a garbage truck. It is still being determined if criminal charges will be filed.

The Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite Park continues to be held at 5,563 acres, while containment has improved to 87 percent. Full containment of the fire is expected by next Monday. The cause of the fire still has not been determined.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles County remains at 8,391 acres, while containment has improved to 52 percent. The weather, which has been favorable for firefighters the last few days, is expected to turn unfavorable, as winds are predicted to pick up, with a chance of a red flag warning this weekend.

The Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County remains at 5,563 acres, and is now 93 percent contained.
 

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This being the 30th anniversary of the infamous Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the south bay areas from Santa Cruz to Oakland on this date in 1989, seismologists have discovered activity on a fault line near the Mojave Desert that had been dormant for centuries, that may have been awakened by the recent earthquakes that rocked Ridgecrest a couple of months ago.

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor | Fresno Bee

Incidentally, the Ridgecrest area just had a couple of minor shakers earlier today, the largest being a 3.8.
 
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This being the 30th anniversary of the infamous Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the south bay areas from Santa Cruz to Oakland on this date in 1989, seismologists have discovered activity on a fault line near the Mojave Desert that had been dormant for centuries, that may have been awakened by the recent earthquakes that rocked Ridgecrest a couple of months ago.

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor | Fresno Bee

Incidentally, the Ridgecrest area just had a couple of minor shakers earlier today, the largest being a 3.8.
I saw that exact same article in the LA Times from a link someone posted on fb yesterday. It's an interesting read.
 
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