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.
The utility says that after weather improved Sunday morning, crews by land and air began inspecting about 950 miles of power lines in the three counties to ensure they were free of damage and safe to energize.
Earlier this year, Newsom signed a law requiring California’s three investor-owned utilities to spend a combined $5 billion on safety improvements and standards. That measure also sets up a $21 billion fund that the companies and utility customers pay into that can be tapped to help pay victims of future wildfires.
Electricity was lost around 7:30 a.m. Sunday in parts of Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, Oakland, Kensington, San Pablo and Richmond
Schools throughout the region cancelled classes and people sought relief in stores from temperatures forecast to reach triple digits.
The areas potentially impacted include portions of Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills and Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties in the northern San Francisco Bay Area.
The outage affects nearly 14,000 people in Mono County and about 700 in Inyo.
Lincoln Electric System's 500 employees service about 200 square miles within Nebraska's Lancaster County, including the city of Lincoln. When an after-hours emergency occurs, LES dispatchers alert troubleshooters.