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PG&E helicopter flying low in Mendocino County to inspect dead trees

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MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. - Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will conduct aerial patrols in Mendocino County as a part of its response to California's tree morality crisis.

The patrols will start on Thursday, September 21.

Each year, PG&E inspects all of its overhead electric lines. The company has been inspecting trees along power lines in high fire danger areas twice yearly because weakened trees can die quickly.

Last year PG&E conducted patrols on 68,000 miles of power line, and this year they expect to patrol 73,000 miles of line. 10,750 of those miles will be patrolled by helicopter.

PG&E Officials said depending on clear weather conditions, the helicopter will leave the Ukiah Municipal Airport at 8 a.m. and fly through 4 p.m.

On Thursday, September 21, the helicopter will fly over the town of Covelo and the community of Dos Rios.

On Friday, September 22, the helicopter will fly over Highway 101 over the town of Laytonville and the communities of Branscomb and Longvale.

Residents should be aware that the helicopter will fly about 200 to 300 feet along the distribution power lines and higher in areas where livestock is present.

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