(Updated Monday, Oct. 26) The entire Bay Area is under a red flag warning that is expected to last until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Rossmoor also was seeing smoke Monday afternoon because of an active wildfire burning near Fairfield in Solano County. Strong winds blew the smoke into Contra Costa County.
The National Weather Service forecast high winds through early Tuesday morning. These conditions, coupled with high temperatures and low humidity, can lead to red flag warnings because of the extreme fire danger.
Because of these possible conditions, PG&E announced that a Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) will impact large parts of Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga. As of Sunday afternoon, the Golden Rain Foundation had confirmed with the City of Walnut Creek that PG&E was not expecting a PSPS to affect Rossmoor, but as conditions can change, sometimes with little warning, residents are reminded to be prepared.
Residents can check their address for planned PSPS or current outages by checking the PG&E website: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/addresslookup/
With the strong winds, unplanned power outages may occur even without a PSPS. PG&E’s website provides information on how to prepare for power outages.
Residents who lose power are asked not to call Securitas, as they will not have additional information and calling can tie up phone lines, preventing those with medical or other emergencies from getting through. For power outage information call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000
The Golden Rain Foundation will notify residents via Nixle if it learns of changes that require a PSPS. Information also will be updated her on the Breaking News page.
Some tips to prepare for power outages:
- Keep cell phones, laptops, etc. fully charged while power remains on.
- Have flashlights and other battery operating lighting available.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed, only open for short times to get necessary food.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat a home.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
- Check on neighbors.
Currently, PG&E will have four Community Resource Centers (CRC) in Contra Costa County. The CRCs are open through Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center Street, Clayton
- Costco Parking Lot, Castle Square Shopping Center, 3150 Fostoria Way, Danville
- Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Caron Lane, Lafayette
- Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga
Residents can get access to WiFi and charge mobile devices and small medical devices. Water and snacks will be available. The CRCs will have ADA accessible restrooms and washing stations. Face covering required.