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News: 06/15/2019

PG&E installs new fire cameras in Sonoma Valley



PGE worker installing weather station
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has installed three more weather stations and high-definition fire alert cameras in Sonoma County, including two in Sonoma Valley.

The new weather stations are located on Sonoma Mountain in Glen Ellen and Sleepy Mountain in Sonoma, and live feeds from the cameras can be viewed at www.alertwildfire.org.

PG&E’s meteorologists will feed data from these new stations to the company’s 24/7 Wildfire Safety Operations Center, located at PG&E’s San Francisco headquarters, where the team will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate with first responders and public safety officials to respond to any emerging threats. Data will be used to help inform PG&E actions, such as a public safety power shut off.

During Red Flag Warnings and other extreme weather events, PG&E may choose to shut off electric power for public safety in an effort to prevent a wildfire. PG&E’s expanded network of weather stations and high-definition cameras should improve the company’s ability to predict and respond to extreme wildfire danger.

“The enhanced meteorological data we are receiving from these weather stations is bolstering our ability to forecast high fire-risk weather conditions with further granularity so that we can take swift action to protect public safety,” said PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program Vice President Sumeet Singh. “Personnel at PG&E’s 24/7 Wildfire Safety Operations Center will use these weather stations and cameras to better monitor wildfire risks and coordinate prevention and response efforts, and the data is shared publicly and with agencies such as Cal Fire.”

There are approximately 13 weather stations in Sonoma County. By the end of 2019, PG&E plans to have at least 600 weather stations and 100 high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas around the state. These new installations are one of the many additional precautionary measures the company is implementing following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to further reduce wildfire risks.

Approximately 400 new weather stations are scheduled to be installed in 2019, prioritized in areas at elevated and extreme risk for wildfires, based on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District Map.

Counties that have already received weather stations include Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne and Yuba.



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