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With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, California’s largest utility said Monday it’s considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people to try and prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment.

Pacific Gas & Electric said shutoffs in the northern part of the state could potentially start Wednesday and affect some 200,000 customers in 16 counties, mostly in the Sierra foothills and to the north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Winds in some areas could top 60 mph (97 kph) according to forecasters. Any blackouts would last at least 48 hours, the utility said.

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