[ti:Wildfires, Power Cuts Hit Northern, Southern California] [by:www.otzgay.live] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Hundreds of thousands of families in California are being affected by wildfires in the state, [00:08.61]and as many as 1.5 million people may lose electrical power. [00:15.44]The company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) [00:19.47]called for another blackout early Tuesday in 29 northern California counties. [00:28.68]An earlier power outage that started Saturday affected 2.5 million people, the Associated Press reported. [00:41.24]PG & E is the nation's biggest utility company. [00:46.88]But it has been severely criticized for the last two years over the part it has played [00:54.84]in fires in the state and how it has provided electricity during those times. [01:03.84]Some Californians are unhappy with the company's decision to cut electricity. [01:12.20]Janet Luoma of Santa Rosa told the Associated Press, [01:17.80]"It's so obvious it's just to protect them from more liability." [01:25.84]California Governor Gavin Newsom has grown accustomed to fires. [01:32.84]"What's interesting about the fires at this moment is that it's rather normal," he told reporters Monday. [01:41.80]"What's not normal is the power shutoffs," he added. [01:47.96]The fires have affected or destroyed many homes across the state. [01:54.84]They have even affected people who live in costly neighborhoods in southern California. [02:02.68]NBA Basketball superstar LeBron James was forced to leave the area [02:10.13]where he and his family live and tweeted about it on Sunday: [02:17.20]Man these LA fires aren't no joke. [02:21.63]Had to emergency evacuate my house [02:25.64]and I've been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! [02:33.76]In Northern California, schools are closed in some areas while others do not have power. [02:44.08]Stores in Oakland, near San Francisco, are using generators. [02:50.76]And many people use their cars to charge their electronic devices. [02:59.00]The fire is affecting areas in both the northern and southern parts [03:05.14]of the nation's second largest state by land area. [03:11.00]In the north, the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection says the Kincade Fire [03:19.43]is affecting more than 30,000 hectares in Sonoma County. [03:25.46]The fire has been burning for five days and is only 15 percent contained. [03:34.40]Sonoma County is famous for wine growing. [03:39.76]The AP reported that 96 buildings were destroyed in the county as of Tuesday. [03:48.48]But it is only one of the fires in the area. [03:53.96]In southern California one of the fires has destroyed homes near the Getty Museum [04:01.62]which holds a major art collection and library. [04:07.84]However, while eight homes nearby were burned [04:12.06]the museum is in better condition than other structures. [04:18.20]It is made of stone and has a huge water storage tank. [04:26.36]Strong winds are feeding the fires and spreading them quickly. [04:32.16]Weather experts on Tuesday said they expected strong winds in the north with little chance of rain. [04:42.60]Scotty Richardson spoke to AP about his experience. [04:48.44]He lost power on Saturday. [04:51.33]He said the possibility that electricity will not be restored for days makes him "furious, furious." [05:02.68]Last week, PG & E admitted that its equipment might have been the cause of fires in some areas. [05:15.76]I'm Mario Ritter Jr. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 宁夏11选5推荐号码