Russ Brown and other emergency officials in Yuba County have been trying to get the word out.
Charge your medical equipment and phone batteries now. Make sure you have enough nonperishable food to last a few days.
Because when the hot winds start blowing, the power to your house may be shut off.
The state is entering the height of fire season, with a dangerous mix of strong winds and temperatures approaching triple digits forecast across its valleys and foothills. For the first time this year, several Northern and Southern California communities simultaneously are facing preemptive blackouts to reduce the fire risks.
This is adding a new element of uncertainty and controversy in scores of communities.
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