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Tehama CountyHelicopter to inspect power lines this week

  • Aug 18, 2022
Red Bluff Daily News

RED BLUFF >> Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is conducting inspections of electric distribution lines in northern Tehama and eastern Shasta counties using helicopters along electric distribution lines.

Flights will occur over the Manton and Shingletown areas this week and over the Cassel and Hat Creek areas next week, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the company.

Weather permitting and barring other unforeseen circumstances; flights will occur from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. The helicopter will continuously fly at about 350 feet above the ground and may need to make several passes along the power line. It is equipped with Light Detection and Ranging sensors and Autonomous Image Capturing to evaluate power lines and equipment.

Crews will promptly repair or make safe the highest-priority conditions found through inspections, the release said. Crews will repair all other conditions as part of the company’s routine work-execution plan.

The System Inspections Program accelerates inspection cycles beyond compliance regulations to align with wildfire risk. It’s one of many initiatives, in addition to enhanced vegetation management and system hardening, the company has undertaken to protect grid safety and reliability.

The ongoing program is designed to allow the company to make sure electric equipment is working correctly.

The company is prioritizing work in the highest wildfire risk areas, generally locations facing extreme and elevated wildfire risk as defined by the California Public Utilities Commission Fire Threat Map, the release said. Equipment along electric distribution lines located in these areas will be evaluated more frequently, while infrastructure in non-high fire-threat areas will be inspected at least every five years.

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