CHICO (CBS13) — PG&E on Wednesday announced plans to bury 10,000 miles of transmission lines.
Officials say the utility aims to start with high-fire risk areas around California.READ MORE: Man Was Attacked By Bear Inside Meyers Cabin Before He Shot It
“We have taken a stand that catastrophic wildfires shall stop,” said Patti Poppe, PG&E’s CEO.
The utility company’s equipment has been linked to numerous fires in recent years, including the Camp Fire in 2018 – the deadliest wildfire in California history.READ MORE: Fans Flock To Golden 1 Arena For California Classic Summer League Games
Further, this week, a preliminary report showed that PG&E equipment may have started the Dixie Fire currently burning in Butte County. That wildfire has grown to over 80,000 acres and has prompted evacuation orders.
PG&E says they maintain more than 25,000 miles of overhead power lines in high-fire risk areas.MORE NEWS: Citrus Heights Woman Captured on Surveillance Video Before Arson Arrest
If all goes as planned, the utility says they could reach the goal of replacing those overhead lines in 10 years.