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PWP to Update City Services Committee on Forest Fire Mitigation Plan – Pasadena Now


Firefighters fight the ranch blaze in the Angeles National Forest, north of Azusa, August 13, 2020 (Caltrans District 7)

The Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP) will provide an update on proposed projects to mitigate potential forest fires started by overhead power lines in what is considered extreme fire risk, or Level 3, in areas of Pasadena.

These areas include the Florecita Drive area northwest of Pasadena and the Canyon Close and Fox Ridge Drive areas northeast of Pasadena.

PWP will report on the update in a virtual conference Tuesday to the city council’s municipal services committee, according to a memorandum from PWP chief executive Gurcharan Bawa. The meeting starts at 4 p.m.

PWP first presented the Powerline Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan, containing programs, policies and activities to mitigate the threat of powerline-initiated wildfires, to the committee. department and city council in November 2019, and obtained approval to proceed with the plan.

The plan specifically recommended the formation of the Florecita Underground Utility District (UUD) and the Canyon Close and Fox Ridge UUD, both of which presented different options for removing overhead power lines and moving them underground.

PWP’s update on Tuesday will outline these options in detail and provide timelines as well as projected costs for each option.

PWP’s preliminary report showed that the options available for both zones include converting only high-voltage lines to underground lines, converting only underground power lines, and keeping telecommunications poles and lines above ground. , and the removal of all underground telecommunications poles, power lines and wires, which PWP believes is the preferred option.

Project costs could range from $ 2.1 million to $ 2.8 million for UDD Florecita, and the duration of projects could be from 2.5 to four years, depending on the option chosen.

For the Northeast Pasadena UUD, costs are estimated at $ 2.4-5.5 million and lead times are between 2.5 and four years.

Community members can access the online meeting through http://pasadena.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=9 as well as through www.pasadenamedia.org.

During the meeting, audience members can provide live public commentary by submitting a speaker card before the public comment portion begins with www.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/public-comment.

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