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PG&E announces it will bury 10,000 miles of power lines to help reduce wildfire risk

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Smoke rises from the Dixie Fire burning along Highway 70 in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The nation's largest utility, its equipment having played a role in sparking some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, announced Wednesday it will bury 10,000 miles of its power lines to reduce the risk of starting any more blazes.

(CNN)The nation's largest utility, its equipment having played a role in sparking some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, announced Wednesday it will bury 10,000 miles of its power lines to reduce the risk of starting any more blazes.

"We are committing today to undertake one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of our state," PG&E CEO Patti Poppe said at a Wednesday news conference in Chico.

According to a news release from the company, PG&E maintains more than 25,000 miles of overhead distribution power lines -- roughly 30% of its total distribution overhead system -- in the state's highest fire-threat areas.

PG&E officials said they've already buried nearly 65 miles of utility lines in Butte County, near the site of the infamous 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest blaze in California history -- which tore through Paradise and killed 85 people.

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