PG&E to patrol power lines near Auberry this week as part of statewide exercise

PG&E spokesperson, Denny Boyles, said the exercises would take place on Thursday and Friday in the Auberry area.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Pacific Gas and Electric crews will be patrolling power lines in the Fresno County foothills later this week as part of a statewide exercise to prepare for possible Public Safety Power Shutoffs this summer.

PG&E spokesperson, Denny Boyles, said the exercises would take place on Thursday and Friday in the Auberry area.

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Crews will conduct the patrols on the ground and in the air. Boyles said power would remain on while teams practice the protocols for assessing power circuits.

The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs started last year in response to the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 84 people and leveled the town called Paradise in Northern California.

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The power shutoffs were aimed at preventing wildfires during certain weather events. Last year, many people across the state, including in a few Central California counties without electricity for days.
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