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PG&E Aerial Patrols

PG&E Aerial Patrols

As part of its ongoing response to California’s tree mortality crisis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is conducting aerial patrols in El Dorado and northern Amador counties through Friday, to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other safety risk by falling into power lines.   A Bell 407 helicopter will leave from the Placerville Airport daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flights are subject to change based on weather conditions.  PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters over the area to inspect trees. Patrolling by air allows the company to cover many miles quickly and efficiently, and to reduce impacts on the ground. Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – at about 200 to 300 feet above the ground – along distribution power lines, and higher in areas where livestock are present.  Following the helicopter patrols, ground crews will respond to locations spotted from the sky to determine an action plan for hazardous tree removal.  This year PG&E expects to patrol over half of its overhead distribution lines at least two times.

Written by KVGC Staff

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