As firefighters in California get a handle on some of the wildfires, the number of cell sites not operational due to power cut-offs by Pacific, Gas & Electric continues to decline. Of a total 30,134 sites, 263 or 0.9 percent were not working Thursday. That compares to 476 sites out of 26,120, or 1.8 percent, on Wednesday, according to the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).
Marin County, which had the highest number of cell site outages since the agency began keeping count, was now down to seven sites non-operational out of 268, or 2.6 percent. Three had no power to the site and another three were damaged, according to DIRS.
Thursday, Los Angeles County had the highest number of cell site outages — 45 out of 8,700, or 0.5 percent. Twenty-six had no power, 10 were not working due to transportation issues, and two were damaged, according to the report.
911 call centers remain in good shape; only one, the Fairfax County, CA Police Department, has had to reroute calls to another Public Safety Answering Point. Cable and wireline companies reported 117,577 subscribers out of service due to the power shutoffs; this may include the loss of telephone, television, and/or internet services. That compares to 173,058 subscriber outages on Wednesday.
No television stations reported being off the air. Two, however, said they were out of service and sent their programming to another station. Eight FM stations were off the air; that compares to 13 Wednesday. Three others are off-air and sent their programming to other stations. No AMs reported being off-air on Thursday.
November 1, 2019