More blackouts in California?
Hazardous fire conditions that prompted state-wide blackouts last week are fueling wildfires in Southern California.
Wildfires continue to burn in the San Fernando Valley area, where an estimated 8,800 acres are burning.
Strong Santa Ana winds joined with dry conditions to see the ignition of brush fires across the southern part of the state, forcing evacuations.
Last week, two were killed in wildfires raging near Los Angeles and hundreds of thousands of California residents went without power.
The blackouts from last week were the result of the Pacific Gas & Electric company implementing rolling blackouts on upwards of 2 millions of their customers in order to prevent power lines from sparking more brush fires.
PG&E began broadcasting the possibility of continued blackouts to its customers Monday, as high winds and dry temperatures are forecasted to continue through the week.
Regulators are pushing back against PG&E blackouts, claiming they cause more harm than good.
Vox’s David Roberts proposes that structural changes are needed to prevent future fires and rolling blackouts.