PG&E inspections began in March as part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts.
As part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts, implemented following the recent wildfires as additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risks, PG&E is performing accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure in areas of higher wildfire risk. These enhanced and accelerated inspections involve approximately 685,000 PG&E distribution poles and 50,000 PG&E transmission structures in high fire-threat areas across PG&E’s service territory.
This work is being performed as part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, and is in addition to the company’s routine inspections and maintenance programs that are done in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements.
Significant portions of Mill Valley lie within areas at elevated (Tier 2) and extreme (Tier 3) risk for wildfire based on the California Public Utilities Commission’s High Fire-Threat District map. Last summer, PG&E began replacing power lines throughout Mill Valley with stronger, covered power lines that are more resilient to extreme weather and can help further reduce potential wildfire risks. PG&E also completed significant vegetation management work throughout Mill Valley and will continue these efforts throughout the year. Learn more about PG&E’s enhanced vegetation management here.
PG&E contract crews started accelerated inspections of electric distribution infrastructure in Mill Valley in early March. Crews will conduct inspections of electric towers and poles from top to bottom through ground, climbing or helicopter inspections and, in some cases, by using drones. For any issues found that pose an immediate risk to public safety, PG&E is taking action right away to address the issue. When inspections determine that repairs are needed, but there is not an immediate safety risk, PG&E follows its preventative maintenance procedures, consistent with state guidelines for high fire-threat areas. Click here for more information and FAQs. Crews will not inspect or work on other utility facilities that share the joint pole, and will not address concerns you may have related to the wiring and boxes owned by other utility companies.
The City of Mill Valley staff appreciates the community’s ongoing patience with respect to traffic impacts, road closures and any other inconveniences related to this wildfire safety work. Due to the accelerated nature of these enhanced safety inspections and repairs, PG&E and City staff will not always be able to provide advance notice of work locations and expected traffic and neighborhood impacts, but will make every effort to keep the community informed.
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