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Modesto, Turlock districts keep producing power in heat wave but face record temps, demand

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The Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, which provide electricity to nearly all of the homes, businesses, schools and other consumers in Stanislaus County, continue to power through the prolonged heat wave.

Spokeswomen for both districts in Tuesday emails thanked their customers for conserving and urged them to keep at it, especially from 4 to 9 p.m. The two districts have about 230,000 customers.

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Record-breaking heat wave continues to bake Modesto as people seek ways to stay cool

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At least 67 people used cooling centers in Stanislaus County over the Labor Day holiday weekend heat wave, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.

That number is only for people who stayed at one of the eight county branch libraries that served as cooling centers and does not include people who used cooling centers at a few other locations, such as the Patterson City Hall lobby, Ceres Community Center and Oakdale’s Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center.

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Energy emergency alert level upgraded by Cal ISO | Tracking California power outages amid heat wave

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CALIFORNIA, USA — Update: 6:40 p.m.

The California agency managing the state's energy grid recently upgraded its energy emergency alert from level 1 to level 2.

"(Independent System Operator) requests emergency energy from all resources and activated emergency demand response program. Consumers urged to conserve energy," the description says.

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Fall heat wave bringing California more fire danger

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's siege of wildfires has significantly quieted but forecasters warned Tuesday that a fall heat wave will bring back high fire danger this week.

Red Flag warnings were to go into effect in much of Northern California before dawn Wednesday due to high pressure producing hot and dry conditions with offshore gusts, the National Weather Service said.

The foremost concern was "the likely development of critical fire weather conditions by Wednesday morning, and then becoming even more extreme Wednesday night into Thursday," the service's San Francisco Bay Area office wrote.

Pacific Gas & Electric said it is likely some circuits will be turned off starting Wednesday evening to try to prevent fires from being started by damaged power lines. An estimated 50,000 customers in parts of 21 northern counties would be affected, the utility said.

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