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PG&E Power Line Inspections Via Helicopter

PG&E Power Line Inspections Via Helicopter 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be inspecting power lines in Amador and Calaveras Counties today and tomorrow, using helicopters equipped with light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology. The inspections are part of PG&E’s expanded and enhanced vegetation management work, implemented following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires as one of many additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risk. In addition to ground inspections, the LIDAR helicopter inspections will help gather data to allow PG&E to identify hazardous trees that have the potential to fall into the lines. These inspections will take place across the approximately 25,200 miles of distribution lines in locations that have been designated as at elevated or extreme risk of wildfire based on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) high fire threat district map. Today’s flights will cover Valley Spring, Burson, San Andreas, Wallace and Camanche Reservoir. Tomorrow Ione, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Amador City and Fiddletown will be covered. Helicopters will be flying along the power lines at an altitude of about 300 to 500 feet. PG&E will be making automated phone calls to notify residents ahead of the scheduled helicopter flights. For more information on PG&E’s community wildfire safety program visit www.pge.com/wildfiresafety 

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