Dealing with a wildfire is not easy. Dealing with a wildfire when PG&E turns off the power can be downright difficult. When flames began racing through the hills of northeastern Sonoma County on Wednesday night, residents trying to flee the blaze, as well as firefighters battling it, also confronted the problem of darkness because of power cuts made to prevent fires from starting in the first place. Evacuees in the area of the Kincade Fire reported not being able to turn on computers for information or locate personal items in the dark. Others said they didn’t receive emergency alerts, perhaps because they couldn’t charge their cell phones. “I mean, it’s terrible,” said Geyserville resident Madonna Tavares, whose husband, Victor, couldn’t find his phone when they were forced to leave Thursday morning as the fire spread above town. “You know it’s your house, but you cannot see.” The difficult combination of wildfires and power outages is likely to become more frequent as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. increasingly shuts off electricity to prevent fires. And state fire officials suggest being prepared. “Just down to having a sturdy pair of shoes by your bedside helps,” said Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean. “And… Read full this story
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