Tag Archives: Community Risk Reduction

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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Conservationists Say Lake Tahoe Project Slows Wildfire Evacuation

11 hours on a single access road     By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is ...

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PG&E Meets with California Governor Amid Bankruptcy Case

CEO says power cuts were well planned     By ADAM BEAM and MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor called the chief executive of a troubled utility to his office on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting ...

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Paradise Survivors One Year Later

Residents return and rebuild after deadliest wildfire     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She’d thought she was going to die during the six ...

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California Adopts 22 Laws Aimed at Wildfire Danger

Several focus on fire resistant homes and surroundings     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is adopting nearly two dozen laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of ...

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Outages to Deter Wildfires Burden California Counties

Outages become burdens for smaller, poorer counties     By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When California’s largest utility warned it would cut power to thousands to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during warm, windy ...

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Builders Profit, Owners Worry Amid Disaster-Area Development

Wind-driven fires have raised questions about the limits of fire safe construction     By ANNA HUNTSMAN and JAKE STEINBERG ELFIN FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Elfin Forest is named for the miniature trees that blanket the surrounding ridgeline. The terrain ...

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Tennessee Offers Federal Wildfire Prevention Grants

Application period runs from Aug. 5 to Sept. 20     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is providing access to federal grant programs to help communities and volunteer fire departments become better equipped for wildfires. The state Department of Agriculture ...

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