Along with strong winds and dry weather, California wildfires intensified on the 26th. More than 100,000 people were evacuated and about 1 million people suffered power outages.
California’s wildfires this year are more raging than in previous years. Since the beginning of the year, the cumulative burned area has exceeded 16,000 square kilometers, causing 31 deaths and burning thousands of buildings.
The Associated Press reported that more than 100,000 people in California were evacuated on the 26th. In addition, due to fears that high winds will break power facilities such as wires and trigger more fires, California’s largest electricity supplier Pacific Gas and Electric Company cut off power to approximately 355,000 users, estimated to involve approximately 1 million people.
Since 2017, the old transmission lines of Pacific Gas and Electric Company have been repeatedly broken by high winds, triggering large-scale wildfires and killing more than 100 people.
This home appliance company had taken “early power outages” earlier this month, hoping to avoid triggering wildfires, but there were still many counties within the range of the power outage. At the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in California work remotely from home, and children attend classes remotely from home. The power outage measures have added to their troubles, but the electricity company said that this is “no way”.