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avatar California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
November 20, 2015 01:55PM
SAN FRANCISCO — California lawmakers focused Wednesday on power lines as a cause of devastating wildfires, possibly including a blaze this summer that killed two people and damaged or destroyed 965 structures in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the state's largest utility, said in September that a power line rubbing against a tree may have started the blaze that burned 70,000 acres and caused $52 million in damage, becoming the seventh-most destructive in state history.

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/state/article45384306.html
avatar Re: California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
November 21, 2015 07:41AM
In Mariposa there is at least one business that all they do is trim trees near powerlines for PG&E. They can be seen all year round. They check the lines that cross my property at least once a year. PG&E seems to be trying.
Re: California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
November 24, 2015 09:07PM
Yep. In Tuolumne County we are regularly notified that trees on our property have been determined to pose a danger to power lines, and that they are going to be cut down.

Not always happy with the decision...but we have enough trees that we're not going to fight for a few right by the road.



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avatar Re: California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
November 25, 2015 04:42PM
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balzaccom
Yep. In Tuolumne County we are regularly notified that trees on our property have been determined to pose a danger to power lines, and that they are going to be cut down.

They want to cut down the power lines? Grinning Devil
avatar Re: California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
November 25, 2015 08:10AM
I got the robocall on Monday that they will be coming to look at my trees in December.
Re: California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires
December 03, 2015 10:51AM
I could only wish that SoCal Edison would cut trees by the power and phone lines on our property! They don't cut them down, but trim branches. They do trim to the transformer on one corner of our lot, but many wires criss cross over to our neighbors from there.

Related to the subject, the Round Fire nearby in February was caused by power lines, as was the Pole Fire, in 1995. The two fires that we had to prepare for evacuation.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/03/2015 10:53AM by hikerchick395.
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