Numerous California cities experienced record-breaking temperatures on Saturday, as the state continues to grapple with wildfires and power outages over Labor Day Weekend, all amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
California Independent System Operator issued a "Flex Alert" through Monday, requesting residents limit the use of electrical appliances to conserve energy, and temporarily declared a Stage 2 Grid Emergency on Saturday, meaning it had "taken all mitigating actions and is no longer able to provide its expected energy requirements".
Already dealing with wildfires during the heatwave, rescue crews at the Mammoth Pool Reservoir area of the Sierra National Forest airlifted over 200 people trapped by a Creek Fire Saturday night, after breaking out on Friday and growing to 36,000 acres.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection early on Sunday reported 23 major wildfires affecting 1. 6 million acres in the state, with nearly 15,000 firefighters involved in battling the fires.
Outages were reported by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison, leaving thousands without power as temperatures reached three-figures.
People without air conditioning have less safe options for seeking refuge from the heat, and while the Flex Alert from California ISO asks consumers to set thermostats to 78 degrees, outages could leave those customers without relief as well. 103,000.
Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation ahead of the weekend lifting restrictions on power plants to allow them to generate more energy to avoid potential blackouts.
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