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Wildfires Add New Threat Escalating California Power Crisis

  • SoCal Edison warns of power cuts to mitigate fire risk
  • Smoke-filled skies reducing state’s solar power generation
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Firefighters Battle Blaze in Southern California
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California faces the dual threat of blackouts from an overwhelmed grid as well as from the risk of wildfires as a punishing heat wave continues to exact a toll on the state’s power system.

Edison International’s Southern California utility warned Thursday afternoon that it is considering cutting power to more than 50,000 customers to reduce fire risk in the drought-parched region. The warning could last through Saturday.