Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it hopes to restore electrical service in fire-ravaged areas of Northern California to all customers who can receive it by the end of the month.

PG&E official Dennis Macalecse said power will be restored on a rolling basis until that time, so some customers will get electricity before then.

Addressing a news conference, Macalecse said the utility hopes to restore gas to the area by the first quarter of next year.

The Nov. 8 blaze killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes, wiping out services across the area.

Ed Fortner of the Paradise Irrigation District said that water services were currently only available to the police, fire department, Town Hall and the hospital.

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