The wildfires have already forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and destroyed dozens of buildings.

More than two million residents in Northern and Central California face having their power supplies cut off in the largest planned power outage in the region, aimed at preventing the spread of wildfires.

The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said it has notified customers in 36 counties that it may cut power on Saturday night until midday on Monday, as forecasters predicted the strongest winds in years across the region.

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California wildfires: Millions warned of possible power cut

Millions of Californians face having their power cut as firefighters continue to battle a surge in wildfires in the state.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said it might have to turn off power in 36 counties amid forecasts of a “historic wind event”, which it said could damage facilities and cause new fires.

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