Michelle Loxton


Parts of Santa Cruz County are expected to lose power beginning at 8pm tonight. Residents have tried to prepare for PG&E’s anticipated “Public Safety Power Shutoff” with changing information. Local water departments are also on high alert. 

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UPDATE 10/09/19 1:40pm: PG&E has announced that shutoffs in Santa Cruz County will begin later this afternoon and into the evening. According to Santa Cruz County, power outages for parts of the county are expected to begin after 8 p.m.


Erika Mahoney


The Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has been hosting a series of wildfire safety meetings across the state this summer. On Thursday night, the company met with Monterey County customers.


Michelle Loxton

This wildfire season you need to be ready for power outages. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is calling these outages “Public Safety Power Shutoffs.”

Krista Almanzan

As insurance companies reassess the fire risk in California, homeowners in Carmel Valley have been getting dropped from their coverage.

Erika Mahoney

Carmel Valley has known wildfire risks: steep terrain, seasonally dry brush and lots of open space. It also has limited evacuation routes.

Erika Mahoney

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Update 1:30pm:  The Bear Fire has grown to 200 acres and is still 5% contained.  150 homes are threatened.  

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

Wednesday Afternoon Update

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has lifted some evacuation orders.  Residents in the following areas can return home.  Roads remain closed to non-resident traffic.

Doug McKnight

Another dry winter has left the state of California under a heightened fire danger.  It’s a reality that hit close to home last month when a wildfire blackened more than 200 acres of land near the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center.  There’s a local organization that’s trying to take some of the uncertainty out of wildfires by bringing together firefighters, property owners and environmentalists to work out concerns before fire strikes.