Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said may trigger public safety power shutoffs Wednesday evening that could affect more than 54,000 customers in California, including thousands in wind-prone hills across the Bay Area.

The goal is to reduce the risk that energized power equipment would fail and spark new wildfires during a period with hot, dry and windy conditions.

If the utility goes ahead with the forced power outages, customers in parts of 24 Northern California counties could be affected. The decision on whether to move forward will be made Wednesday.

Use the map to see whether your home is within the area the utility says may lose power. You can enter your address, or zoom and scroll on the map. Here is where PG&E says power shutoffs are most likely:

  • The Northern Sierra Nevada foothills, the middle and higher elevations in the Sierra generally north of Yosemite.
  • North Bay mountains near Mt. St. Helena.
  • Amall pockets in the East Bay near Mt. Diablo, the Oakland hills east of Piedmont.
  • The elevated terrain east of Milpitas around the Calaveras Reservoir.
  • Portions of the Santa Cruz and Big Sur mountains.

Click here for more on the possible PG&E power shutoffs, including when they would likely start

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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