A utility company in California has shut off power to almost 60,000 customers in six counties in the Sierra Foothills region (parts of Amador, Calaveras, and El Dorado counties) and North Bay region (parts of Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties) on Monday, October 15, amid a heightened risk of wildfires. According to the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning - indicating that weather conditions are favorable for the combustion and rapid spread of wildfires - is in effect for much of Northern California through 23:00 (local time) on Monday, with low humidity and high wind gusts forecast over the coming hours. Power is expected to be restored to most affected customers on Monday night, with some lingering power outages extending into Tuesday.
Wildfires frequently affect California from May through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.