New cameras to aid in Butte County fire detection

Nov 6, 2014 7:12 PM by News Staff

A number of cameras installed by Pacific Gas and Electric will aid Butte County Officials in fire detection, as officials predict record drought conditions to continue and fire danger to remain high.

PG&E is spending approximately $2 million to install 28 cameras on towers in seven key locations throughout Northern and Central California. The funding will also support software in fire emergency dispatch centers that will receive the remote camera data.

In Butte County, the cameras are located in the north, central and southern parts of the county. Camera installations were completed on October 28 are part of an ongoing private-public partnership between PG&E, the Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council and Butte County Fire Department.

CAL FIRE has responded to more than 5,000 wildfires statewide since January 2014 which is about 1,000 more fires than average for this time of year.


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