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Firefighters light a backfire during the Saddleridge fire in Newhall, California on October 11, 2019. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) — Hundreds of thousands of Californians are once again facing the prospect of a deliberate blackout as utility giant PG&E Corp. tries to keep its power lines from igniting catastrophic wildfires.

The San Francisco-based company is considering a shutoff to about 209,000 homes and businesses this week as hot, dry winds rush in from the northeast starting late Tuesday and running through Thursday afternoon. People in 15 Northern California counties may go dark as a result, the company has said.

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