PG&E Cuts Trees to Prevent Wildfires in Magalia

PGE is inspecting, marking and cutting down trees in Magalia in an effort to prevent future wildfires.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 5:15 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - PGE is inspecting, marking and cutting down trees in Magalia in an effort to prevent future wildfires.

The goal is to increase the distance between power lines and vegetation in Magalia, which started at four feet but is now being increased to 12 feet both up and around the power lines. 

According to Paul Moreno, spokesman for PG&E, they have had to increase the clearance by more than 12 feet due to Magalia being a heavy-wooded area with a threat of high fire danger. 

PG&E plans to work with residents through their pre-inspection, information them which trees are in danger zones. 

"Our pre-inspectors are going out in areas near high voltage power lines identifying trees that are within that zone, marking them up and we're also working with customers if customers have any questions or concerns," Moreno said. "We're always happy to follow up with them and discuss with them the importance of the work." 

Moreno says that most customers understand that the inspections enforce safety in the area. 

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