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UPDATE: PG&E Implements PSPS in Parts of Bakersfield

Approximately 4,000 customers affected on Oct. 10

UPDATE (10/10/19):
Pacific Gas and Electric executed a modified Public Safety Power Shutoff in Kern County on Thursday, October 10.

The impact in Bakersfield was about 4,000 customers, far fewer than originally expected.

One sewer lift station was affected by the shutoff and crews installed a generator to restore power in the meantime.


ORIGINAL STORY (10/9/19):
Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison have issued warnings that Kern County may be affected by a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) starting as early as the morning of Thursday, October 10, due to a wind weather event expected to move into the region.

The potentially impacted area includes parts of the City of Bakersfield, including areas covering parts of northwest Bakersfield, southwest Bakersfield, east Bakersfield and northeast Bakersfield. The City of Bakersfield is aware of the potential for power shutoffs in these areas and is prepared to continue to provide public safety and other City services if power is disrupted.

  • Public safety services such as police and fire are not expected to be impacted and will continue as normal. For emergencies only, dial 9-1-1. Do NOT call 9-1-1 to inquire when power will be restored.
  • Some City operated sewer and storm drain pump stations within the affected areas may be impacted by the outage. All City residents are asked to voluntarily reduce water usage if a PSPS event occurs, which will help lessen the demand on these pump stations and preserve water pressure for emergency response purposes.  
  • Traffic signal and street lights within the affected areas may not be operational. Traffic signals at interchanges along the Westside Parkway west of Callaway Drive may also be impacted. Drivers are reminded to treat intersections with traffic signals affected by the outage as a four-way stop. If street lights are out as well, please slow down and use caution in those areas.
  • Downed trees or branches on streets, sidewalks or other public spaces can be reported by calling (661) 326-3866 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or (661) 327-7111 after 3 p.m. and on weekends.
  • Trash pickup is not anticipated to be affected by this event.

Customers located in the impacted areas will be contacted directly by their respective utility provider. PG&E customers are encouraged to visit pge.com/pspsupdates for the most up-to-date Public Safety Power Shutoff information and update contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 to ensure alerts are received.

Please note, the City of Bakersfield does not regulate the operations of utilities and does not determine the locations or duration of planned power shutoffs.