This doesn't sound like a good idea at all. PG&E Starts to Cut Power for Nearly 800,000 California Customers on Wildfire Risk So they cut off the power. Now people will use candles for light and cook on a barbeque with limited light. If that doesn't sound bad enough, consider that most cordless telephones won't work when the power is out, so if there is a fire, you just have to hope somebody sees the smoke and sends a fire truck. Oh but it gets better. What happens when they cut the power back on? In a perfect world, nothing. In California you can bet somebodies house will explode from the spark that ignites the gas leak they couldn't report when the power was out, or the generator that somebody thought they knew how to wire up to the house. Brilliant plan. How about a some forestry and controlled burns so you don't have these problems every year?