Central Maine Power says about 5,200 customers were without electricity late on Saturday night and almost all of them will have power back by Sunday evening. The number of outages is down from a high of more than 200,000 customers between two utilities.
PG&E officials, even as they repeatedly apologized for their shortcomings in execution, defended their decision to cut power to more than 700,000 customer accounts in advance of dangerous winds that could have sparked wildfires.
In a pointed letter to PG&E chief executive Bill Johnson issued earlier this week, commission President Marybel Batjer scolded the utility for an "unacceptable situation" and ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within 12 hours, not the utility's current 48-hour goal.
Utilities are securing additional crews. Heavy rain and strong winds were expected from Wednesday night into Thursday.
Idaho Power has 560,000 customers in Idaho and eastern Oregon, with increasing numbers of homeowners generating power and being credited for extra power sold back to the utility.
The fire that started Thursday night burned nearly 8, 400 acres, destroyed 17 structures and damaged dozens more. One man died of a heart attack during the fire in the Porter Ranch neighborhood, officials said.
Experts say it's hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility's proactive shutoffs are to thank for California's mild fire season this year.
Areas without power includes Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties, where people are on their third day without electricity. Butte County is where a fire started by PG&E equipment last year decimated the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.
The unpopular move by Pacific Gas and Electric that disrupted daily life was prompted by weather forecasts creating extreme wildfire danger and came after catastrophic fires sent the utility into bankruptcy and forced it to take more aggressive steps to prevent blazes. The city of San Francisco itself is not in the power cutoff zone.
The utility says power could be shut off in part of nearly 30 counties in central and Northern California starting Wednesday and through Thursday, when hot weather and strong winds are forecast.