Utility companies to use shut-offs to help reduce wildfire risk

California’s investor-owned electric utilities may de-energize lines or enact Public Safety Power Shut-offs to prevent their structures from accidentally sparking a blaze. Edison International photo
Mountain residents should prepare accordingly According to statistics, California wildfires have become more destructive and deadlier than in the past. The threat of out-of-control blazes is more prevalent throughout the state and even the calendar year. Many of these fires have been ignited by electrical structures owned and maintained by utility companies. This overall pattern has prompted state officials to take action. The California Public Utilities Commission works with Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services to reduce the risk of utility infrastructure starting wildfires, to strengthen utility preparedness for emergencies and to improve utility services during and after emergencies. Interagency coordination and cooperation from the utilities is essential when the threat of w
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