California's new normal: evacuating wildfires yet again

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California's new normal: evacuating wildfires yet againIt’s part of California’s new normal – year-round fire seasons, planned electricity blackouts and, for retired couple Bhagvei and Paresh Badreshia, sudden evacuations in the middle of the night. The evacuations in Southern California came after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), switched off the power to nearly 800,000 homes and businesses in northern and central California to prevent its transmission lines from sparking wildfires under gusting dry winds. It was the second time in less than four years the Badreshias have been forced by an emergency to flee their home in Porter Ranch, a plush suburb where some scenes for the 1982 movie “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” were filmed.


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