Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be patrolling by helicopter to check on trees and vegetation growing near power lines in eastern Butte County and western Glenn and Colusa counties on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines. The flights will occur over remote areas near the eastern Butte County communities of Feather Falls, Forbestown, Robinson Mills and Oroville. Flights will also occur in the Stonyford area of Colusa County and the Elk Creek area of Glenn County.
PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters along power lines to identify trees and vegetation in need of pruning and removal. Weakened trees and branches can fall into power lines, leading to outages and even wild land fires. The flights are part of an annual patrol PG&E performs in remote areas. Foresters patrol most power lines on foot, but rugged areas require helicopter patrols.
If all areas cannot be patrolled on March 3, remaining flights will also be conducted on Friday, March 4. All flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.