PG&E To Expand Inspections, Weather Stations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric Company plans to inspect 5,500 miles of transmission lines as a safety measure against wildfires. The utility also said Monday it’s appointing a company vice president to lead local rebuilding efforts in Butte County, which was partially destroyed by the Camp Fire that destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Other safety measures the company says it is undertaking are enhanced vegetation management and expanding its weather station network. It plans to add 1,300 new weather stations by 2022 to better monitor high-hazard weather conditions. The utility is facing multiple lawsuits related to recent wildfires. The cause of the Camp Fire in Butte County hasn’t yet been determined.

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