"It is a very complex process to vent the lines of all the old gas, make sure there is no air in the line, reintroduce gas into the line, turn the gas meters back on and turn on pilot lights," she said.  PG&E cannot turn on gas if people are not home and will leave a door hanging if the banks are not answered, Contreras said. She urged people not to try to turn on their own gas and noted that it is normal for PG&E to work with Cal Fire to switch off gas pipelines due to active fires.
Massive, subsequent shutdowns in Sonoma County, as well as mandatory evacuations in the western part of the county, have left electoral officials to rescue the small but important November 5.
Three fire departments in western Sonoma County are seeking new packing taxes to increase staffing and maintain service. The Gold Ridge, Graton and Occidental ballot papers – all agencies actively fighting the Kincade fire – are asking residents to approve extra money through surgical packing taxes.
But evacuations have delayed postal deliveries and forced the relocation of the county election offices.
"Deva has been deep in contingency plans," said Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, citing Deva Proto, the county clerk-recorder assessor.
Early voting today opened in an unusual location: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park, in the Chardonnay Room, to be exact.
The early voting center will be open from according to a news release from Proto, in which he gave voting, a drop of a ballot for voting by mail and conditional voter registration.
Dennis Rosatti was hired as a consultant for all three ballots, and he said he has never seen anything like it.
"It's a new one for me, for sure," Rosatti said, adding that he had to cancel a number of incidents during a critical time to get in touch with voters.
Still, Rosatti said that people are rightly focused on more important things – family heirs, children, pets – rather than postal votes.
Rosatti said that firefighters in the districts feel the same.
"They are not thinking of a campaign right now," he said. "They think about the critical things they need to do to protect society."
– Will Schmitt
CHP Chief Aristotle Wolfe said officers continued to patrol Sonoma County's highways with "robust and normal operation" during the fire, and he urged residents to remain safe on the roads He noted that on his way to a briefing from Kincade fire operations on Tuesday morning, he pulled over a motorist who was spraying a cigarette while driving north on Highway 101 through Petaluma.
"This is not the time to add the problem," Wolfe said , a longtime resident of Petaluma. Help us pull it off. Please work with us and show the rest of the world how strong Sonoma County is. "
Officials escalated roadblocks throughout the fire evacuation areas on Monday, adding more people at the intersection on Tuesday.
Nearly 200,000 county residents had been ordered to leave the home on top of the orders, which were abandoned Monday afternoon by the run dt 30,000 when many of the displaced inhabitants of the western county were allowed to stay home – albeit to homes without electricity in the midst of the morning temperatures that plunged into the 30s.