NOTICE: Due to changes in the weather forecast, PG&E no longer anticipates public safety power shutoffs in Oakland or Alameda County tomorrow, November 20.

Oakland Fire Safety & PG&E Power Shutoff Information (Beginning October 9)

Date Posted: October 9th, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
Last Updated: October 25th, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

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Latest Situational Updates

Updated 10:06 am, October 11, 2019

All Head Start Centers, Recreation Centers and Library Branches will be open today. Joaquin Miller Park is open.

Updated 8:00 am, October 11, 2019

PG&E has informed the City that all PSPS outages have been restored.

Updated 6:20 pm, October 10, 2019

As of 5:30pm, PG&E reports power has been restored to about 11% of affected customers in Alameda County. Restoration of power can only occur when inspections and repairs are completed. PG&E has not provided an estimated time for total restoration.

Updated 3:30 pm, October 10, 2019

PG&E has issued an "all-clear" for Alameda County and will begin safety inspections and repairs. Re-energizing the lines can only begin after inspections and repairs are completed.

Updated 3:00 pm, October 10, 2019

3:00 pm Update:
Power Still Shut Down in Parts of Oakland
Dry, windy conditions in East Bay Hills have delayed PG&E’s start of restoration efforts


Power remains shutdown for approximately 48,000 Oakland residents and businesses, and PG&E has not yet issued an “all-clear” for Alameda County. PG&E will begin safety inspections, repairs, and power restoration in specific areas once a weather “all clear” is issued. PG&E has advised that the process to re-energize the lines and restore power could still take up to five days in some areas.

If you are without power, please continue to make preparations to be without electricity for five days. Turn off all your appliances and lights so they are not damaged when power is restored. EBMUD requests residents to conserve water whenever possible.

Fire Danger Remains Extremely High

The National Weather Service Red Flag Warning is scheduled to be in effect until 5 pm today. The Oakland Fire Department remains on high alert given extremely hazardous fire conditions created by the ongoing dry, windy conditions. Oaklanders are reminded to exercise extreme caution.

Keep Yourself and Your Neighbors Safe

Even a small spark can lead to a catastrophic wildfire. Remember:

  • Do not burn candles or use open flames.
  • Barbequing is prohibited in parks during Red Flag conditions.
  • If you have a driveway, use it. Keep narrow roads clear for emergency vehicles and evacuations.

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

The USDA recommends always keeping meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F. This may be difficult when the power is out. So, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Obtain block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.

Key Phone Numbers for Assistance

  • Only call 911 for life-threatening situations requiring immediate attention
  • Call 311 or (510) 615-5566 for City maintenance issues such as a fallen tree or blocked street
  • Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs.

Please check for ongoing updates.

Updated at 1:10 pm, October 10, 2019

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has learned from PG&E that the power restoration efforts for Alameda County have been delayed from noon to 2 pm. At 2 pm, the situation will be re-evaluated.

Updated at 10:00 am, October 10, 2019

PG&E’s power shutoff went into effect in parts of Oakland at approximately 10:50 pm last night, primarily above MacArthur Boulevard between Fruitvale and 106th Avenue, and along the Skyline/Grizzly Peak corridor. According to PG&E, approximately 16,000 customer meters in Oakland were impacted by the shutoff and remain without power (loosely, that equates to approximately 48,000 Oakland residents impacted).

PG&E confirmed this morning that all power shutoffs are complete. It will begin the process to inspect the system and restore power, which they say could still take several days. Each county will be notified when this process begins in that area.

The Red Flag Warning is scheduled to be in effect until 5 pm today and the High Wind Advisory remains in effect until 3 pm today.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center remains operational, and the Oakland Fire Department remains on high alert given extremely hazardous fire conditions. In addition to their normal operations, firefighters have continued to conduct roving fire patrols in the Oakland hills. These resources augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger.

Overnight, the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) was notified of the Merrill Fire in Moraga, CA. Fire personnel monitored the event closely both on scene in Moraga and from Oakland’s Emergency Operations Center, keeping officials appraised of any developments. As of 5AM, the fire in Moraga was 70% contained, and not deemed to be a threat to Oakland residents.

Throughout the night, Police officers and staff from the Department of Transportation deployed additional neighborhood patrols and relayed information to dispatch regarding street light outages. Engineers were promptly deployed to those locations to assess the infrastructure issues and provide traffic safety support at key intersections where signals were out. About 80 signalized intersections remain without power and should be treated as an all-way stop.

OPD dispatch did not experience an increase in calls for service, and no crimes or collisions were reported in connection with the power shutoff overnight. The Oakland Fire Department also did not experience an increase in shutoff-related service calls.

PG&E anticipates that the weather conditions leading to the Public Safety Power Shutdown will subside by 12 noon today. However, they advise that the process to re-energize the lines could still take up to several days, depending on how long it takes for their crews to inspect the system, the level of damage caused by high winds, and the extent of repairs required. The decision to turn off power, and the speed at which it is restored, is planned and managed solely by PG&E.

City of Oakland Facility and Program Impacts

Park Closures & Restrictions

  • Joaquin Miller Park is closed to the public on Red Flag days. Signs will be posted at all park entrances and trails regarding the closure.
  • Barbeques and fires are prohibited in all City parks on Red Flag days.

Recreation Center Closures

The following facilities will be closed until facility power is restored and the Red Flag Waring is lifted:

• Dimond Recreation Center & Lions Pool

• East Oakland Sports Center

• Redwood Heights Recreation Center

• Sheffield Village Recreation Center

• Montclair Recreation Center

• Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

• Joaquin Miller Community Center

• Leona Lodge

• Sequoia Lodge

Head Start Site Closures

All Head Start Sites will be Open Friday, October 11, 2019.

The following City of Oakland Head Start sites were closed Thursday, October 10:

• Tassafaronga (975 85th Ave., Oakland, CA 94621)

• Cosmopolitan (988 85th Ave., Oakland, CA 94621)

• Brookfield (401 Jones Ave., Oakland, CA 94603)

• 85th Avenue (8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621)

• Lion Creek (6818 Lion Way, # 110 Oakland, CA 94621)

For more Head Start information, please call (510) 238-3165. All enrolled families at these sites have been notified.

Oakland Public Library Closures

Two Oakland Public Library branches—Montclair (1687 Mountain Blvd.) and Dimond (3565 Fruitvale Ave.)—lost power last night and will remain closed until power is restored. All other branches are expected to open today.

For updates go to www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Oakland Unified School District Closures

• Fruitvale

• Grass Valley

• Howard

• Montclair

• Sequoia

• Elmhurst United

• Rudsdale Continuation

• Skyline

• Sojourner Truth

Alameda County Social Services Facility Closures in Oakland

• Eastmont (6955 Foothill Blvd #100 and #143, Oakland, CA 94605)

Key Phone Numbers for Assistance

• Only call 911 for life-threatening situations requiring immediate attention.

• Call 311 or (510) 615-5566 for City maintenance issues such as a fallen tree or blocked street.

• Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs.

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Always keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F. This may be difficult when the power is out. So, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Obtain block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.



Updated at 8:30 pm, October 9, 2019

PG&E’s power shutoff schedule remains in place, with the shutoff in Oakland slated to begin at 8 pm. It may take up to two hours for the process to be completed.

PG&E anticipates that the weather conditions leading to the Public Safety Power Shutdown will subside by 12 noon tomorrow. However, they advise that the process to re-energize the lines could still take up to several days, depending on how long it takes for their crews to inspect the system, the level of damage caused by high winds, and the extent of repairs required. The decision to turn off power, and the speed at which it is restored, is planned and managed solely by PG&E.

PG&E has launched a new web page to allow the public to look up their address to determine whether they will be impacted by the power shutoff.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center remains in a 24-hour operational mode. The Oakland Fire Department remains on high alert given extremely hazardous fire conditions. In addition to their normal operations, firefighters have conducted roving fire patrols in the Oakland Hills. These resources augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger.

Today, Oakland firefighters made contact with residents with special medical needs. Additionally, the State of California Office of Emergency Services has pre-positioned fire suppression resources in Oakland and the region.

When the PG&E power shutoff occurs, the Oakland Police Department and Department of Transportation will deploy additional neighborhood patrols and provide traffic safety support at key intersections where signals are out.

Oakland Public Works will have tree crews on standby to respond to any downed trees or tree limbs in the public right-of-way or blocking streets.

Oakland Hills residents are encouraged to park their vehicles off-street if possible, to allow improved emergency vehicle access in the event of incidents requiring public safety response.

City of Oakland Facility and Program Impacts

Park Closures & Restrictions

Joaquin Miller Park is closed to the public on Red Flag days. Signs will be posted at all park entrances and trails regarding the closure.

Barbeques and fires are prohibited in all City parks on Red Flag days.

Recreation Center Closures

The following facilities will be closed until facility power is restored and the Red Flag Warning is lifted:

  • Dimond Recreation Center & Lions Pool
  • East Oakland Sports Center
  • Redwood Heights Recreation Center
  • Sheffield Village Recreation Center
  • Montclair Recreation Center
  • Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
  • Joaquin Miller Community Center
  • Leona Lodge
  • Sequoia Lodge

Head Start Site Closures

The following City of Oakland Head Start sites will be closed until facility power is restored:

  • Tassafaronga (975 85th Ave., Oakland, CA 94621)
  • Cosmopolitan (988 85th Ave., Oakland, CA 94621)
  • Brookfield (401 Jones Ave., Oakland, CA 94603)
  • 85th Avenue (8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621)
  • Lion Creek (6818 Lion Way, # 110 Oakland, CA 94621)

For more Head Start information, please call (510) 238-3165. All enrolled families at these sites have been notified.

Oakland Public Library Closures

Oakland Public Library branches are expected to open unless power is not available. For updates go to www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Oakland Unified School District Closures

  • Fruitvale
  • Grass Valley
  • Howard
  • Montclair
  • Sequoia
  • Elmhurst United
  • Rudsdale Continuation
  • Skyline
  • Sojourner Truth

Alameda County Social Services Facility Closures in Oakland

  • Eastmont (6955 Foothill Blvd #100 and #143, Oakland, CA 94605)
  • Enterprise: (8477 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA 94621)

Key Phone Numbers for Assistance

  • Only call 911 for life-threatening situations requiring immediate attention
  • Call 311 or (510) 615-5566 for City maintenance issues such as a fallen tree or blocked street
  • Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs.

Please check www.oaklandca.gov/firesafety for ongoing updates.


Updated at 1:30 pm, October 9, 2019

PG&E just informed the City of Oakland that its de-energize schedule has changed due to changing weather conditions. They now estimate that the power shutoff in Alameda County and Oakland will begin at 8 pm this evening, as forecast models now show that the high winds will arrive later than originally predicted. PG&E still anticipates that the power shutdown will end at 12 noon on Thursday, and the repowering process will begin shortly thereafter.

PG&E's Customer Service Center at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Lot B, will remain open as scheduled until 8 pm. The center will provide an air-conditioned space where residents can charge devices.


Updated at 10:00 am, October 9, 2019

PG&E’s de-energize schedule remains in place with the de-energization in Oakland slated to begin at 12 noon. PG&E has informed the City that the 4-hour notifications calls have begun to their impacted customers.

The decision to turn off the power, and the speed at which it is restored, is planned and managed solely by PG&E.

PG&E has opened a Customer Support Center at a parking lot at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Lot B, Oakland CA 94619. PG&E will provide an air-conditioned space where residents can charge devices. The center will operate from 8 am to 8 pm.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center is in a 24-hour operational mode.

When the power shutoff occurs PG&E, the Oakland Police Department of Transportation will deploy additional neighborhood patrols and provide traffic safety support at key intersections where signals are out.

In addition to the Oakland Fire Department’s normal operations, firefighters will conduct roving fire patrols in the Oakland Hills. These resources will augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger. Additionally, the State of California Office of Emergency Services is pre-positioning fire suppression resources in Oakland and the region.


Updated at 11:30 pm, October 9, 2019

PG&E has announced that due to forecasted strong, dry, gusty winds and extreme fire danger, it plans to proactively turn off the power and implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E has notified Alameda County that the anticipated power shutoff will begin at 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, not 12 midnight tonight as originally announced.

The decision to turn off the power, and the speed at which it is restored, is planned and managed solely by PG&E. The City of Oakland is ready to respond to high fire danger and the effects of the power shutoff. PG&E is providing information on its website and through media releases at pge.com.

PG&E to Open Community Resource Centers

PG&E will open a total of 28 Community Resource Centers in the counties being affected by the shutdown beginning on Wednesday, October 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging, and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at the facilities. The resource center for Alameda County is at Merritt College in Oakland, located at 12500 Campus Dr., Oakland, CA 94619.

City Facility Closures & Restrictions

City buildings and programs will be open unless otherwise noted below. As the power shutoff begins tomorrow, City staff will assess the impacts and make any changes necessary to maintain public safety. Check links above for the latest updates.

Key Phone Numbers for Assistance

· Only call 911 for life-threatening situations requiring immediate attention

· Call 311 for City maintenance issues such as a fallen tree or blocked street

· Call 211 for critical information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs.

PG&E Map of Potential Impact Area

The City of Oakland developed a map showing a worst-case scenario view of projected impacted facilities and areas in Oakland. This map is based on the GIS shapefile developed by PG&E on the morning of October 7; as PG&E releases updated information, we will continue to update this map.

City of Oakland Preparations

In addition to the Oakland Fire Department’s normal operations, firefighters will conduct roving fire patrols in the Oakland Hills. These resources will augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger. Additionally, the State of California Office of Emergency Services is pre-positioning fire suppression resources in Oakland and the region.

In the event of a PG&E power shutoff, the Oakland Police Department will deploy additional neighborhood patrols and provide traffic safety support at key intersections where signals are out.

Since this is a regional event, the City team is coordinating with the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services, neighboring cities, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure fluid communication and coordinated response. The affected cities and counties are receiving regular updates from PG&E regarding their plans to de-energize the electrical system and restore power once the severe weather conditions subside.

Updated Forecast: Red Flag Warning & Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay hills and interior valleys from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Thursday. Northerly winds will increase tonight and continue to be strong and gusty through at least Thursday morning. North to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are likely. Locally higher gusts of 65 mph are possible on the highest ridges and peaks. These strong winds will create critical fire weather conditions and the potential for downed trees and power lines.

For additional information about the City’s efforts to prepare for anticipated power shutoffs and preparedness tips, visit https://bit.ly/2OxNI2W.