Californians once again asked to conserve power as temperatures rise


California’s power-grid managers are calling for a Flex Alert for Thursday as another heat wave descends on the Bay Area.

The alert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and run through 10 p.m., according to a notice issued by the California Independent System Operator.

Residents are being urged to conserve electricity during that period to reduce the strain on the power grid and avoid rolling blackouts.

Californians can help reduce their energy usage by avoiding running major appliances during the Flex Alert, charging your devices and electric vehicles before 3 p.m. and raising the thermostat to 78 degrees.

Heat waves in August and earlier this month triggered days of Flex Alerts, which helped to reduce the scope of blackouts.

A Red Flag warning has also been issued for the North Bay mountains above 1,000 feet, and specifically the Glass Fire zone, which has burned over 51,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties.

That warning will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday and runs through 6 p.m. Friday.