⚠️ #Bakersfield and #kerncounty prepare for potential power shutoff ⚠️ Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison have issued warnings that Kern County may be affected by a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) starting as early as the morning of Thursday, October 10, due to a wind weather event expected to move into the region. The potentially impacted area includes parts of the City of Bakersfield, including areas covering parts of northwest Bakersfield, southwest Bakersfield, east Bakersfield and northeast Bakersfield. The City of Bakersfield is aware of the potential for power shutoffs in these areas and is prepared to continue to provide public safety and other City services if power is disrupted.
Public safety services such as police and fire are not expected to be impacted and will continue as normal. For emergencies only, dial 9-1-1. Do NOT call 9-1-1 to inquire when power will be restored.
Some City operated sewer and storm drain pump stations within the affected areas may be impacted by the outage. All City residents are asked to voluntarily reduce water usage if a PSPS event occurs, which will help lessen the demand on these pump stations and preserve water pressure for emergency response purposes.
Traffic signal and street lights within the affected areas may not be operational. Traffic signals at interchanges along the Westside Parkway west of Callaway Drive may also be impacted. Drivers are reminded to treat intersections with traffic signals affected by the outage as a four-way stop. If street lights are out as well, please slow down and use caution in those areas.
Friday afternoon the Bakersfield Fire Department responded to a working fire in an abandoned single story/single family residential structure in central Bakersfield. There were no injuries and the cause is under investigation.