Video by Straight Arrow Bow Hunters.
As firefighters continue to battle the wildfires laying waste to areas of Shasta, Mendocino and Lake Counties, work is already being done to restore Northern California’s charred infrastructure.
Footage of a helicopter precariously restoring power lines in the Whiskeytown area went viral on Saturday, racking up more than 450,000 views.
PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras told the Outpost that the video shows a contracted helicopter pilot laying down 60,000 feet of high-voltage power cable along Highway 299.
“Because of the rough terrain, the area was inaccessible,” Contreras said. “That’s why we had to use the helicopter.”
PG&E crews are reportedly almost done restoring lines damaged by the Carr Fire. Contreras told the Outpost that a Black Hawk helicopter is also being used in the area to replace damaged power poles, and that the job should be completed by tomorrow.