After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shut-off prevented wildfires

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The utility behind last week’s intentional power shut-off across Northern and Central California has restored electricity to all of its customers as shifts in weather have lessened the likelihood its equipment will spark wildfires.

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility, shut down power in stages last week to nearly 1 million customers in a ring around the Bay Area, from wine country to near the Oregon border, and as far east as several Sierra Nevada counties.

It was the largest planned power outage of its kind in state history. It will not be the last.

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