PG&E prunes and removes trees to reduce risk of fire and power outages

POSTED: 4:17 PM Jul 11 2013   UPDATED: 4:27 PM Jul 11 2013
SHASTA, Calif. -

PG& E removed and pruned trees along power lines in Shasta County on Thursday. They said that the area where they were working, off of Whispering Pines Dr. has had above-average numbers of outages caused by trees.

The power lines there serve 483 customers in Shasta County and PG&E said certain trees like gray pines and oaks can appear healthy but if too close to power lines, they can break off and fall into the lines, causing an outage. PG&E worked with property owners and got permission to prune and remove certain trees that can cause hazard.

"We want to take extra special care with these kinds of outages because fallen branches and fallen trees in power lines can sometimes lead to wild land fires. Obviously, that's very devastating and something we want to prevent, "said PG&E Spokesman Paul Moreno.

PG&E said they will be dong more work in other counties as well.