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PGE Turns Power back on in Stages across Sonoma County

Oct 10, 2019


Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has notified the County of Sonoma that it has begun to conduct equipment inspections to restore power to the 200,000 residents in Sonoma County affected by the Power Shutoff.

PG&E has said they expect to make progress today in restoring power to some areas in the County. Other portions of the county will remain without power until PG&E has inspected the electrical infrastructure and determined that they can safely restore service.

The following schools plan to be closed Friday, Oct. 11 as of 5:00pm on Wednesday: 

  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District 
  • Sonoma County Office of Education - Open except for Sonoma Valley Transition Program
  • Waugh School District—closed for non-student days. Teacher conferences still running.
  • West Side Union School District

County officials have set up six Alternate Emergency Reporting Stations where residents in affected areas may go to report emergencies if they are unable to use their home phones to call 9-1-1.

Beginning today, Thursday, October 10, affected residents can request emergency services at the Starcross Monastic Community Center in Annapolis, Geyserville Fire Stations 1 and 2, the Knights Valley Volunteer Fire Station, the Bennett Valley Fire District Station, and the Schell-Vista Fire Station in Sonoma.

A map of the six Alternative Emergency Reporting Stations and the fire stations with landline call boxes can be found at this  link (and below). The map’s black telephone icons indicate an Alternative Emergency Reporting Station and the white telephone icons indicate an emergency call box. Users can click on the icons to see the location and hours.

In addition, there are emergency landline call boxes functioning 24 hours outside of six fire stations in the affected areas that residents may use to report emergencies(see complete list below).

Sonoma County Alternate Emergency Reporting Stations

At the six designated Alternate Emergency Reporting Stations, residents will be connected to a staffed radio operator who will connect them to emergency services to report the incident. If cellular service is restored while traveling to an Alternate Emergency Reporting Station, emergency officials recommend that residents pull over safely to the side of the road and dial 9-1-1, which will offer a faster response to the emergency. After making the call, residents are encouraged to continue to the Alternate Emergency Reporting Station to follow-up on the emergency request in case the call to 9-1-1 was interrupted.

Alternative Emergency Reporting Stations:

ANNAPOLIS · Starcross Monastic Community | Open 24 hours o 34500 Annapolis Road, Annapolis, CA 95412

CALISTOGA · Knights Valley Volunteer Fire Company | 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; 11:00 PM - 6:00 AM o 16850 Spencer Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515

GEYSERVILLE · Geyserville Fire Protection District | 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM o 20975 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA 95441

HEALDSBURG · Geyserville Fire Protection District | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM o 6561 Highway 128, Healdsburg, CA 95448

SANTA ROSA · Sonoma County Fire Station 8 | 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM o 6161 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

SONOMA · Schell-Vista Fire Protection District | 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM o 22950 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476 Emergency Landline Call Boxes

EL VERANO · Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue Authority | Open 24 hours o 845 Center Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

GLEN ELLEN · Glen Ellen Fire Department | Open 24 hours o 13445 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

KENWOOD · Kenwood Fire Protection District | Open 24 hours o 9045 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452

SONOMA · Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue Authority, Station 3 | Open 24 hours o 1 West Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 · Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue Authority, Station 4 | Open 24 hours o 18798 Prospect Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

For questions about the power shutoff or to find non-emergency services, contact Sonoma County 2-1-1 (dial 2-1-1 from a phone with a 707 area code) by phone or visit

In a life-threatening or medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, October 10, improving weather conditions in some parts of the areas affected PSPS have allowed for an “all clear” to be issued for safety inspections, repair and restoration efforts to begin in the following areas: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and in portions of El Dorado, Placer, San Mateo, Santa Cruz..


As of 3 p.m. Thursday, October 10,the following additional counties were added to the “all clear” list for inspection, repair and restoration to begin: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Placer, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and in portions of Yuba.

  • PG&E crews will visually inspect power lines to look for potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers. This is done by vehicle, foot and air. 
  • Resources supporting the restoration include more than 6,300 on-the-ground field personnel and 44 helicopters. Crews will conduct visual inspections and will make repairs as necessary if any damage is found.

Weather updates

Dangerous weather conditions are expected to continue in some parts of the Sierra Foothills and Bay Area until midday Thursday. Similar conditions in Kern County are beginning late morning Thursday and lasting through midday Friday.

For information about PG&E’s power shutoff, visit
or call PG&E’s 24-hour power outage information center at(800) 743-5002.

For updates and emergency information from:

The City of Santa Rosa, visit

The City of Sonoma visit:

To find more information about preparing for power outages visit:

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