Press release from PG&E:
This week, crews working for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will start conducting inspections, on foot, along the Bridgeville-Cottonwood electric transmission line that runs through Humboldt and Trinity Counties. Contract crews will inspect more than 600 PG&E transmission poles and the associated system components and might need to access private property along the line to complete the work.
These accelerated safety inspections of towers and poles in areas of higher risk of wildfire are part of the company’s enhanced wildfire safety efforts, implemented following the recent wildfires. These additional precautionary measures are intended to further reduce wildfire risk.
Crews will work six days a week during daylight hours; however, weather and other factors affecting safe working conditions may impact the work schedule.
Whenever possible, crew members will notify customers when they need to enter private property.
These contractors will be wearing safety vests, most likely orange and yellow, and always carry photo identification cards. The contractor’s vehicles and ATVs will have placards on dashboards. If you have any questions about personnel on your property or want to check for PG&E’s presence in your community, please call 1-800-743-5000. Additional information is available at www.pge.com/wildfireinspections.
This work is being done as part of the company’s Community Wildfire Safety Program and is in addition to its routine inspections and maintenance programs. PG&E inspection crews will be conducting visual inspections of approximately 50,000 towers and poles across more than 5,500 miles of transmission lines. Work will continue through 2019.
This transmission line runs through the communities of Bridgeville, Dinsmore and Mad River. Visual inspections of this line will continue throughout the month.
These safety inspections are taking place across PG&E’s service area in locations that have been designated as at elevated or extreme risk of wildfire based on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District Map. If any issues are identified as a risk to public safety, PG&E will act to address them right away.