State Utility Regulators OK New Fire Safety Measures

KQED News Fix/The California Report

The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to beef up rules for utilities that have facilities in areas where thick vegetation and strong winds make fires more dangerous.

Under the new rules, electric and telecommunications utilities will need to widen vegetation clearances around their lines. They will also have to conduct more inspections of power lines, phone lines and utility poles.

Read the story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.