PG&E was doing the pre-emptive shutdowns in norcal, the primary service provider in norcal (and also on edge financially due lawsuits from the previous fires started seemingly from PG&E equipment in recent times). PG&E has had issues in providing both shareholder value (and bonuses for executives) as well as providing good safe service to their customers. I was close by the San Bruno blast, another fun PG&E event.\n\nAltho I saw in the news that the winds were moving south and Socal Edison (largest utility in socal) have also done some shut downs due the typical high winds\/dry conditions this time of year as well (the Santa Ana winds). The forecast winds largely didn't show up in norcal, tho.\n\nUnderground wiring\/facilities would largely avoid this but everyone likes to go cheap until its an issue (and exacerbated by drought\/climate change as well as land management).\n\nHere in Oregon we've had a relatively nice summer and more rain to help out. It's usually mother nature that sets our human-managed forests on fire rather than the utilities, tho.