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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/11/2018 02:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/11/2018 02:25 PM
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PG&E Begins Aerial Patrols to Spot, Speed Wildfire Response, May Preemptively De-Energize Lines During Fire Hazards

San Francisco, CA...Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun its daily aerial fire detection patrols across hundreds of miles of its service area. This year, PG&E has added two new routes to the patrols which assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations.




"Wildfires in California have grown in number, size and intensity in recent years. We all must adapt to this new normal and do even more to prevent and prepare for fires. That's why we've increased the area and number of customers that our daily aerial patrols will cover to help keep communities safe," said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.

The patrols began on June 1 and will run until October 31, unless conditions allow for an earlier end or require an extension. Seven planes will fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk.

Using fixed-wing aircraft, fire spotters will operate along these routes:

Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra
Auburn to Sonora in the Central Sierra
Sonora to Porterville in the Southern Sierra
Redding to Humboldt to Lake County
Vacaville to Solvang near the coast
Redding to Hoopa to McArthur (Siskiyou County and northeastern Shasta County)
Mendocino County

The patrols are coordinated through PG&E's aerial operations. The Mendocino County route is co-funded by PG&E and run by the Mendocino County Aerial Fire Patrol Co-Operative. The Co-Op patrol is scheduled to begin June 15 and run through October 15.

In 2017, PG&E patrols identified approximately 250 fires, 20 of which were first reports. The patrols totaled more than 3,500 flight hours. PG&E began operating the aerial patrols in 2014, after the governor issued a drought emergency declaration. PG&E has continued the patrols because of the scale of tree mortality in California.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-06-11 14:37:06   By: Anonymous
 
Given that their downed power lines have caused many of the fires in recent years, a necessary response. Yes, this is the new normal.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 15:20:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Given the fact that they burned my mom and my brothers house down I’m glad to see they’re doing something .

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      Re: Huh?
      Posted on: 2018-06-11 20:43:05   By: Anonymous
       
      THIS is a GOOD IDEA??
      De-energizing the power lines in a fire will cut the power to many people's water wells that might have otherwise pumped the water to save their house.
      DOH!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 16:48:17   By: Anonymous
     
    if they had one of those things in the sky why would they need to fly?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 18:15:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Don’t turn the power off when it gets hot and windy, my beer will get warm

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 18:58:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Why in the hell don't they put the lines underground. Oh to expensive and yet people loss their homes, their lives. What the price to high? I don't think so. More fires and when comes to push or shove they declare bankrupt. In the end we the people lose.

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      Posted on: 2018-06-11 19:19:17   By: Anonymous
       
      If that's too much, why can't they run those utilities under my dirty laundry?

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      Re: Hear YOU Tell It!
      Posted on: 2018-06-11 20:44:46   By: Anonymous
       
      Put the power lines underground??
      Flatlander, you ain't done much diggin in these yar hills.

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        Re: Hear YOU Tell It!
        Posted on: 2018-06-12 21:49:04   By: Anonymous
         
        It can be done. Water pipes are underground. And could go along roadways. Wouldn't have to fly expensive aircraft, wouldn't have to cut power.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-12 13:38:25   By: Anonymous
     
    crank up the amp on the doper's feed lines and roast them right out of business.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-06-11 15:51:15   By: Anonymous
 
Guess it's all good but I'm older and more cynical. Expect this makes a great legal defense after the next fire.

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    Posted on: 2018-06-11 16:17:47   By: Anonymous
     
    I’m with you. Sounds like more of PG&E covering themselves for the next fire than real concern. If they were actually concerned there’d bury their lines.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-06-11 16:58:15   By: Anonymous
       
      As long as that pinging noise has stopped, I'm happy.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-06-11 17:44:15   By: Anonymous
         
        Stick the thing against your head and pull the thingy it will quit.

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        Right Of Way Clearance
        Posted on: 2018-06-11 17:52:48   By: Anonymous
         
        In the east, South, power right of ways are much wider, to keep the power on during Ice storms.
        Why PG&E doesn't take distribution line clearance more seriously is the question.
        If the clearances were adequate, there would of not been a Butte fire, or the fires in Sonoma , Napa counties, and elsewhere. Why doesn't PG&E take clearances seriously and clear them out more? It is a joke when the NCRT guys come and mart trees for a 'nip and tuck". I always tell them to cut it off at the ground, they say "PG&E doesn't want to incur removal costs.

        So they will cut power during wind events?

        PG&E will continue to have fires until they clear the trees far enough from the power lines.

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          Re: Right Of Way Clearance
          Posted on: 2018-06-12 09:12:25   By: Anonymous
           
          The answer, as you stated, is to clear much wider spaces so the lines are not in any danger of touching a tree. The reality is that they would have to remove virtually every tree in towns like Arnold and we all know how that would go over with the public. So PGE is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Fires are a threat and more so in these years of very dry atmosphere and loads of dead trees and dry vegetation. That is the reality we all live in now.

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Fire Sprinklers Require Electricity
Posted on: 2018-06-11 17:55:03   By: Anonymous
 
Good thing the Great Socialist State of CA requires Fire Sprinklers to be put in new construction.

Too bad the sprinklers need electricity to turn on.

Oh well, at least the insurance companies and CalFire like your sprinklers.

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    Re: Fire Sprinklers Require Electricity
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 18:39:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Choose to live in the woods, you need a generator.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-06-11 18:55:59   By: Anonymous
 
Cal Fire always needs a scapegoat, # 1 how can PGE be responsible for every tree in the forest? Many have built where no one was ever supposed to build, a fire starts, and BINGO PGE is responsible! # 2 bury all the lines, better get your pick and shovel out and do it yourself! # 3. Require all households to be built under 1000 ft elevation, problem solved!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-11 19:21:53   By: Anonymous
     
    It's all of the evasive coastal redwoods that are causing a problem.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-06-11 20:47:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Cut em down, they make good wood for decks.

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
        Posted on: 2018-06-11 21:09:51   By: Anonymous
         
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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          Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
          Posted on: 2018-06-12 08:21:18   By: Anonymous
           
          In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling as he holds up the animal's head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

          It was a buck for the record books with sprawling antlers about an arm's width apart. If Katuz 52, had been had been able to claim it is a official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family's Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-06-12 08:45:04   By: Anonymous
       
      Would the word you're searching for be "invasive?" Unless those coastal redwoods are refusing to answer directly.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-06-12 09:14:44   By: Anonymous
     
    And PGE is being made a scapegoat now the Butte Fire has shown so many that they can sue them and get money. I also am afraid more homes will not be insured since short minded people will just think that all fires will be able to be blamed on PGE so they will not pay for insurance.

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