Chopper Alert

Highest wildfire threat areas are marked in red | map and post from the CPCU (California Public Utilities Commission) via Nextdoor

PG&E helicopters plan to inspect power lines this week

Low-flying helicopters may be hovering over parts of nearby neighborhoods and open spaces between Wednesday and Friday of this week. Observers plan to patrol the power lines in the county’s highest wildfire threat areas. The work is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program to further reduce the risk of trees coming into contact with lines. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the helicopter flight crews may fly FAA-approved flight paths to inspect vegetation and power lines for several minutes before moving to the next inspection area. The helicopters, which won’t have any special markings, are cleared to fly as low as 200 feet. Inclement weather, such as fog, could pause flight operations for a short time. Customers may call PG&E at 1-877-295-4949 or email with any questions.