PG&E deploys new tech to reduce wildfire risk

The new technology comes after the utility was found responsible for causing the Camp Fire in 2018.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 6:13 PM

PG&E deployed a new fire detection and alerting system this month, and it taps into information relayed by satellites orbiting our planet.

All the data is monitored by PG&E team members at their wildfire safety operations center, where they are looking to catch images of possible fires early on. PG&E has also implemented other tools including air patrols and high definition cameras. A spokesperson tells Action News Now the utility plans to install 600 HD cameras statewide by 2022. 

For a map of where all the cameras are located, click here. 

PG&E expects to introduce several hundred more weather stations as well. The utility has also inspected and repaired hundreds of thousands of miles of power lines.

PG&E was found responsible for causing the Camp Fire. Its equipment was found responsible for starting two small blazes already this year. 

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