SMUD restores power for 16,000 in Sacramento; Outage also hits Vacaville

Utility crews have restored power for thousands of customers after outages were reported in Sacramento and Vacaville on Monday afternoon. More than 16,000 customers were without power in the Arden area of ​​Sacramento, as of just before 3 pm, according to SMUD’s outage map. By 3:50 pm, power had been restored. SMUD said that a tree hit power lines near Northrop and Howe avenues. In Vacaville, more than 5,800 customers were affected by another outage happening around the same time period, according to a map from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (Video above: Timeline for high temps on Monday.) A grass fire was believed to be the cause of that outage, according to the Vacaville Police Department. But a PG&E spokesperson told KCRA 3 it was unaware of the fire and was investigating the cause. By 4 pm, PG&E’s outage map no longer showed an outage in the area. Thousands were without power earlier in the day in El Dorado County, but power has since also been restored there. The unplanned outages come as California officials have called for a dramatic uptick in power conservation efforts by people at homes and businesses this week. “We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave,” Elliot Mainzer, the head of the California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said on Monday. He said that the state’s grid will need about two to three times as much conservation from people across the state at homes and businesses as has been the case recently during flex alerts. Officials have warned of the possibility of rotating blackouts. This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

Utility crews have restored power for thousands of customers after outages were reported in Sacramento and Vacaville on Monday afternoon.

More than 16,000 customers were without power in the Arden area of ​​Sacramento, as of just before 3 pm, according to SMUD’s outage map. By 3:50 pm, power had been restored.

SMUD said that a tree hit power lines near Northrop and Howe avenues.

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In Vacaville, more than 5,800 customers were affected by another outage happening around the same time period, according to a map from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

  • (Video above: Timeline for high temps on Monday.)

A grass fire was believed to be the cause of that outage, according to the Vacaville Police Department. But a PG&E spokesperson told KCRA 3 it was unaware of the fire and was investigating the cause.

By 4 pm, PG&E’s outage map no longer showed an outage in the area.

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Thousands were without power earlier in the day in El Dorado County, but power has since also been restored there.

The unplanned outages come as California officials have called for a dramatic uptick in power conservation efforts by people at homes and businesses this week.

“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave,” Elliot Mainzer, the head of the California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said on Monday.

He said that the state’s grid will need about two to three times as much conservation from people across the state at homes and businesses as has been the case recently during flex alerts.

Officials have warned of the possibility of rotating blackouts.

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This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

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