As of Thursday, power was restored to all portions of Trinity County affected by the Pacific Gas & Electricity public safety power outage except Wildwood. There were still fire concerns in that area so PG&E was holding off on re-energizing.

Unrelated to the PG&E outage, the Trinity Public Utilities District has a planned outage in Hayfork from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday to replace several power poles and cross arms on its 60 kV line. 

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Portions of Trinity County are without power today, part of PG&E’s massive North State Public Safety Power Outage due to anticipated windy and dry conditions.

Reports are coming in that all of the Trinity areas are without power that PG&E warned yesterday afternoon could be turned off , and then some.

The company had alerted Trinity County Office of Emergency Services that  the Trinity County areas it serves -- Burnt Ranch, Del Loma, Hawkins Bar, Kettenpom, Salyer, Wildwood and Zenia – could be cut off as part of the widespread outage. This morning, Hawkins Bar Fire Chief Todd Wright said the power went off around 1 a.m.

Although the Trinity Public Utilities District is not implementing a public safety power outage, the TPUD had warned there was a remote chance that its customers served by PG&E transmission lines would lose power. That came true. Big Bar, Big Flat, Hyampom and Forest Glen are without power.

“PG&E dropped all their transmission lines in Trinity County,” TPUD General Manager Paul Hauser said. “They never notified us.”

At the Hyampom Store this morning, cashier Roberta Morgan said customers were lining up for fuel for their generators. The store is open and running on a generator.

Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E said it anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 60 to 70 mph at higher elevations. Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. PG&E has said customers should prepare for an extended outage.

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