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October 9, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Two years to the day after some of the deadliest wildfires tore through Northern California wine country, two of the state's largest utilities were poised Tuesday to shut off power to more than 700,000 customers in 37 counties in what would be the largest preventive outage in state history as utilities try to head off wildfires caused by faulty power lines.
With windy, dry weather in the forecast, Pacific Gas & Electric announced it may cut power to more than 600,000 customers in parts of 29 northern and central counties starting early Wednesday and through Thursday. Southern California Edison's website showed that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties also could face power cuts.
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