Conditions improve, public safety power shut-off canceled

UPDATE at 2 p.m.

Extreme weather conditions and high fire danger that were forecast in the greater Truckee area have diminished. NV Energy has canceled their planned Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM) to de-energize transmission lines that serve electricity to the greater Truckee area.

Initially posted:

Power in Truckee and parts of Tahoe is scheduled to be turned off early Sunday due to extreme fire danger.

NV Energy, which provides power locally to Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Liberty Utilities, announced that power to the area will be shut off for a period of one to two days.

Truckee Donner Public Utility District said to expect power to be turned off around 4 a.m. Sunday. Once NV Energy determines extreme fire conditions have passed, it must visually inspect the transmission system to safely reenergize, which could take up to 24 hours. Truckee Donner Public Utility District must also visually inspect 100% of its roughly 200 miles of overhead electric system in order to safely restore power within 12 hours of when NV Energy restores power.

Liberty Utilities is telling customers near Ward Creek on Tahoe’s West Shore to expect power to go out at 1 a.m. Sunday to about 4 p.m., but warned that if a public safety power shut-off is implemented, it could be more than 24 hours before power is fully restored.

“We understand power outages are never convenient for customers, and we appreciate the community’s cooperation as we consider these measures to keep the area safe from wildfires,” said Travis Johnson, Liberty Utilities vice president of operations in a news release.

For information on how to prepare for an outage, visit

Graphic courtesy the Truckee Donner Public Utility District.


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Source: The Truckee Donner Public Utility District

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