An estimated 1.5 million people in California are set to lose power on Tuesday as a utility firm tries to stop damaged cables triggering wildfires.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) was quoted by the BBC as saying – that the shut-offs on Tuesday are a precaution as high winds are forecast.

According to the BBC the fire already faces an investigation by regulators after cutting power to almost a million properties in a bid to reduce the fires.

Wildfires fanned by the strong winds are raging in two parts of the state.

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