Help Investigate PG&E’s Power Lines | KQED
Epic fires throughout California in recent years have highlighted the urgency of preparation, and exposed vast vulnerabilities. Heading into wildfire season, which given the already hot, dry conditions this spring, is expected to potentially be among the most dangerous on record, we wanted to get a better understanding of how dangerous PG&E’s power lines really are.
So we created a map that shows the riskiest power lines in PG&E’s grid — based on data from a recent audit by the California Public Utilities Commission Wildfire Safety Division — and layered it on top of areas that the CPUC has identified for “extreme” and “elevated” wildfire danger for this year. Our map also includes the electric circuits where PG&E believes there is high risk of a tree igniting by catching sparks from a power line or hitting a utility pole.