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Community News IOA Wednesday, July 11, 2001 Umb stopper Jackson Street was closed for a while when a large branch from an old tree In front of the Plumas Rural Services building broke out and came crashing down. A green Jimmy parked near the tree bore the brunt of the impact, although considering the amount of damage that could have been caused to the vehicle, little was noted. As residents and employ- ees in the area dis- cussed the situation and waited, a crew from the county road department arrived to cut the long limb into sections. A loader was then used to lift the branch off the ve- hicle, while a tow truck moved the vehicle back- ward and free from it. Photos by Victoria Metcalf As California enters the holiday season of barbeques, family outings and fu'eworks, Pacific Gas and Electric Com- pany reminds customers that fire safety is everyone's re- sponsibility. While state fire officials are calling this sum- mer the worst fire season in recent memory, PG&E con- tinues its aggressive mainte- nance and fire preparedness. ,Both the fire season and tree trimming season occur during the summer months, and each plays a role in the delivery of safe, responsive and reliable electric service. Everyone appreciates their many benefits, but if trees are not properly maintained and trimmed around power lines, the results can be disas- trous to communities and the forest environment. Fires near major transmis- sion lines can also limit the flow of electricity into and throughout California and precipitate rotating outages. The driest wildland condi- tions in more than half a cen- tury have prompted fire offi- cials to impose outdoor fire restrictions for the Sierra Nevadas far earlier than usu- al this year. As California begins the long, hot summer and the state's 2001 fire season, the Pacific Gas and Electric Com- pany joins fire agencies in giving a reminder to cus- tomers of our shared respon- sibilities, fire safety and pre- paredness. Fire safety is critical to all of us, and to that end, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its customers share a unique, joint responsibility. Both are required by law to participate: • The utility must maintain specific clearances between electric power lines and all vegetation. In addition, clearances are required around power poles and transmission towers that con- tain certain equipment. • Home owners must main- tain a 30- to 100-foot perime- ter fire clearance around their homes and other struc- tures. The Pacific Gas and Elec- tric Company utilizes its veg- etation management program to prepare for fire season year-round. The program trims the growth of trees, limbs and brush around the utility's electrical equipment, in- spects and maintains the company's power lines, and calls for increased communi- cations and coordination with emergency agencies. The company plans to spend in excess of $135 mil- lion this year for vegetation management activities around its high voltage dis- tribution and transmission lines. .= "Our extensive program helps ensure the safety of our customers and the safe, reli- able operation of PG&E's electric system during fire season," said Allyn Delisle, the utility's manager of vege- tation management. "Our aggressive inspection and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical equipment minimizes the po- tential for wildfires and com- plies with state law." Approximately 700 contract crews, employed by profes- sional line clearance tree trimming companies, will conduct the company's power line clearance. These crews receive special training to work safely while trimming around power lines. Among the utility's vegetation man- agement and inspection and maintenance estimates for 2001 are: • Trimming or removing more than two million trees from distribution lines with- in PG&E's 70,000-square-mile service territory from Eure- ka to Bakersfield • Clearing vegetation away from 120,000 distribution poles and 600 towers • Inspection overhead transmission C important fire The Pacific Gas Company the California Forestry and (CDF), the Utilities cal fire fighting to share and training, planning. "Our number is protecting life ond priority proved cludes our firefi heightened homes and lines It's crucial to we keep the and we do all we tect those lines rector Andrea Customers can role in the vention ffforts. safe, the tric Company tomers to: • Allow access to g, ming crews and sonnel. 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