Some are fed up with California's inability to deal with fire threat
As Californians on Tuesday were forced to once again confront the dual threats of wildfires and forced blackouts, the apparent new normal is proving to be too much for some residents.The state has made a serious mistake in stopping the clearing of deadwood and underbrush. Those two things are feeding these fires and making it hard to fight them. They are also resisting fire breaks which would keep them from spreading. Big Green has its people in charge of the government and it is making the state uninhabitable in some places.
The nation's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., will turn off the power for a third time this year to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment, which can lead to a blaze igniting. Up to 605,000 customers -- about 1.5 million people -- in 29 Northern California counties will be affected by this latest round of power cuts starting Tuesday. That means people who had the power go out Saturday and were still just getting the lights back on Monday are now faced with the prospect of being in the dark again for several days.
The power cuts come as fire crews continue to battle the Kincade Fire in the state's wine country, a blaze that's destroyed 57 homes and damaged another dozen, with 90,000 homes and other buildings considered threatened. About 156,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders, while others have taken to shelters due to the power outages.
George Wiget, who evacuated from his home in Bodega Bay in Sonoma County on Saturday, told KTVU at a shelter in Petaluma on Monday he was angry about the entire situation.
"If I had the money I would move from California tomorrow," he told KTVU. "Tomorrow."
Wiget was particularly incensed about power being cut off in Sonoma County.
"I'm concerned about my refrigerator and freezer. I've got a lot of food in there," he told KTVU. "I'm on a fixed income. How am I going to replace it?"
Another resident of Petaluma, Scotty Richardson, told the Associated Press he was "furious, furious" over the idea more outages, and the ongoing outages "can't be the new normal."
"PG&E can't figure out how to deliver power reliably without killing people," Richardson said. "This is more than three strikes — it's a failure of epic proportions."