Tag Archives: Community Risk Reduction

California Utilities Plan More Wildfire Prevention Blackouts

Utilities plan for targeted outages     LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utilities plan to continue shutting off power to customers during dry and windy conditions to prevent sparking deadly wildfires, but they aim to make outages more targeted to ...

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Oregon Legislature Considers Sweeping Wildfire Plan

Expanding resources and thinning forests     Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

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California Completes 34 Land Project to Slow Wildfires

Critics say the projects won’t slow wind-driven infernos     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has completed 34 of the forest-thinning projects it rushed to finish in the past year as a way to buffer ...

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Judge Threatens to Force PG&E to Hire More Tree Trimmers

PG&E asserted it’s unrealistic to ensure all trees are maintained     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to ...

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Sydney Allows New Year’s Fireworks as Wildfire Risk Worsens

Pressure had built for spectacle to be scrapped before New South Wales Rural Fire Service approved event     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney will set off its iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks after being ...

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Massachusetts Sets Record Number of Prescribed Burns

All burns were on lands open to the public     BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts wildlife officials have carried out a record number of controlled burns in the state this year. During 2019, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife ...

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Invasive Grasses Fueling Wildfires Across the U.S.

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.     Emily Fusco University of Massachusetts Amherst (THE CONVERSATION) The Santa Ana winds that help drive fall and winter wildfires in California have ...

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Tech Aims to Predict Power Line Problems Before Disaster

Distribution Fault Anticipation     By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or ...

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PG&E Says Blackouts Limited Fires Despite One Likely Failure

Utility could be held liable for past wildfires     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest utility said Friday that its distribution lines haven’t sparked any major wildfires since it began shutting off power ...

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Below-Ground Power Lines Disorganized Nationally

Experts look at vulnerability of overhead lines     By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trees toppling onto above-ground power lines spark wildfires, more than 1,000 of them in the last decade in California alone. ...

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