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PG&E surveying power lines by helicopter in North Bay

PG&E surveying power lines by helicopter in North Bay

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PG&E surveying power lines by helicopter in North Bay

A helicopter similar to this one will be flying in Napa and Vallejo on survey missions through Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Talia Rose.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is surveying distribution power lines in the Napa and Vallejo areas using helicopters equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

The helicopter patrols will be fly at approximately 500 feet, or lower, and follow overhead power lines. Patrols will run through Wednesday.

The surveys are to collect more data on PG&E’s power lines, poles and their surrounding environment in high-fire threat areas. The LiDAR helicopter surveys will help gather data for PG&E’s mapping system by capturing imagery that can be analyzed to take measurements, reveal patterns and identify any potential risks.

This work involves meeting and exceeding state fire safety standards for power lines during extreme weather conditions.

A Bell 206 Helicopter equipped with LiDAR technology will be arriving and departing the Napa, Vacaville and Red Bluff airports. Flights are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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