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Old 11th October 2019, 01:02 AM   #1
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Spoke w #3 son in Sonoma County -- two years ago their house was one of the few which survived the fires (up near Jack London) -- well they are in the dark but have a little gennie and two babies.

One of the issues they are experiencing -- when portions of the grid are brought back up there have been fires and explosions at some of the substations.

They expect to be in the dark for another 3 to 5 days.
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:08 AM   #2
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They were wise to purchase and install a generator.
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:51 AM   #3
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Or have that solar array charge a huge battery pack, and have a generator.
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:52 AM   #4
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Never before has that happened (AFAIK)
My wife says it is based on previous fires
purportedly caused by PG&E equipment
plus dry (this time of year) conditions.
(as in Paradise awhile back)
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:34 PM   #5
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So from what I’m reading the utility co got sued for starting the ‘camp’ fire losing and paying billions.......now they just unplug their responsibility?

Idk.....but i’d Be some kinda po’d if my utilities were just shut off because of that......plus the ramifications of their actions are probably riskier than just leaving it on.
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:41 PM   #6
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Based on what I saw back in 2000 where people were being asked not to put up christmas lights due to lack of power CA has had messed up utilities for some considerable time. And that's before the farmers vs industry/residents water arguments which have been runnning for what 100 years now?


Lovely place, bit messed up in some areas
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They were the first here to legalize marijuana after all......long term effects?
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:53 PM   #8
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They were the first here to legalize marijuana after all......long term effects?
Don't get me started. Wifey is a molecular biologist who worked on opiods for a time and she is a crusader against legalized.

Getting back to topic -- it is extremely important for homeowners in semi-rural areas to clear all the dead vegetation around their houses. In fact, some guy would bring a bunch of goats to do it for you. You've got to be careful of rattle-snakes.

Where the utility had subcontractors remove or cut down trees there is oftentimes a failure to remove the the branches etc., and no accountability.

I listened to San Fran public radio on the 400 mile drive yesterday. There's looting going on all over the place.
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Possibly makes some of them less grumpy about the situation!
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Old 11th October 2019, 01:59 PM   #10
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Just checked news and appears fires in LA in places the power was not shut down. Not proven yet and a lot of grumpy scientists at UC Berkley as there is not enough backup power for this scenario.



And I suspect more substations will go pop when power comes back on...
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