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Helicopters in vicinity

January 10, 2020

PG&E is working to upgrade and strengthen the electric system in the highest fire-risk areas to make a safer and more resilient grid given the rapidly changing environmental conditions in our service area. 

In the North Bay, upgrading and repairing towers, poles, lines and other equipment along a 16-mile stretch from the Fulton substation in Santa Rosa to St. Helena is being done.  This is the 60 Kilovolt (kV) Fulton-Calistoga transmission line. 

The use of helicopters is needed, and this started January 7, 2020, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.  A Blackhawk and a Bell 407 will fly between the landing / work zone at Cleland and Holst Roads in Santa Rosa Eastward near the Sonoma / Napa County line. 

The helicopters will fly materials and other equipment several times a day and will also be used to pull new line (reconductoring).  Flights will continue through the end of the month, barring inclement weather.  

Construction is expected to be completed by July 2020, with clean-up and restoration afterward.