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PG&E's Wildfire Safety Program Continues To Make Strides

PG&E's Wildfire Safety Program Continues To Make Strides

PG&E officials say the utility’s wildfire safety program is making strides, but there is still much to do.  As of June 22, officials report that crews have conducted visual inspections of 96 percent and aerial inspections of 92 percent of approximately 50,000 transmission structures in high fire-risk areas.  This includes inspections of all 222 substations in these areas and nearly all the nearly 700,000 distribution poles in and around them. Since June 1 and through the end of October, PG&E is flying daily aerial fire detection patrols across its service area to assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL Fire and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. Depending on conditions, seven planes fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk, when wildfires are most likely to start. Four PG&E heavy-duty helicopters are also available to CAL Fire as needed.  Installation continues of remote-functioning reclosers in high wildfire risk areas, which the utility says will help isolate and minimize the scope of PSPS events by sectionalizing grid portions of impacted areas.  PSPS outreach efforts still underway include open houses and workshops.  The first Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) took place last month.                                                                                                                       Written by KVGC Staff

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