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California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Los Angeles: Rolling blackouts affecting up to 800,000 customers began on Wednesday in parts of California as a utility company switched off power because of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric, which announced the three-phase deliberate power outage, is working to prevent a repeat of a catastrophe last November in which power lines it owned were determined to have sparked California’s deadliest wildfire ever. In that inferno, 85 people died and a town called Paradise was virtually destroyed. The company has been found responsible for dozens of other wildfires in recent years, too. (AFP)

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