PacPower shuts power to Dunsmuir as winds mount

3:45 p.m. update: Power shutoffs have begun

Due to a combination of strong winds and extreme wildfire conditions, Pacific Power officials have decided to proceed with a Public Safety Power Shutoff this afternoon for about 3,000 of its customers in the Dunsmuir and Castella areas.

The shutoff will stay in effect until weather conditions are safe to re-energize the electrical network, Pacific Power said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

A community resource center will be open until 10 p.m. today and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., as necessary, for the following needs:

  • Shelter from environment
  • Air conditioning
  • Potable water
  • Seating and tables
  • Restroom facilities
  • On-site medical support
  • Refrigeration for medicine and/or baby needs
  • On-site security
  • Communications capability such as Wi-Fi access, cellphone, satellite phone, radio, etc.
  • Charging stations for cellphones, AM/FM/Weather radios, computers, etc.
  • Televisions

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