Recent SCE helicopter inspections help reduce fire risk

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an SCE (Edison International) contract helicopter looking for potentially hazardous areas to head off a wildfire before an ignition. The helicopter has flown countless paths around Three Rivers in the past week. SCE helicopter inspections help

Personnel are using mounted high-tech cameras with software that geotags SCE equipment being used throughout high-risk fire areas like Three Rivers. The cameras can detect invisible flaws using a radiometric infrared camera as well an HD imager that can be handheld by an on-board camera operator. SCE helicopter inspections help

The low-flying helicopters are part of the Edison Company’s Grid Safety and Resiliency Program. The program also employs measures like installing covered conductors, deploying weather stations (like the one at Powerhouse 1), locating wooden poles for replacement, and increasing tree trimming in high risk fire areas. 

Having learned the industry’s lessons of the Camp Fire (November 8, 2018) that destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte County, SCE also uses Public Safety Power Shutoffs where power is switched off during extreme weather events that increase the risk of fire. SCE helicopter inspections help

“We have always done overhead inspections, but our focus has changed,” said Craig Stenberg, SCE Air Operations remote-sensing manager. “This effort is the same, but on steroids, and is driven by the Grid Safety and Resiliency Program.”

SCE: Partners in Fire Safe Progress

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One thought on “Recent SCE helicopter inspections help reduce fire risk

  • April 24, 2020 at 12:21 am
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    How will any resident be able to:
    1) call for assistance if needed when power is turned off?
    2) How will the residence be able to hose down the area around homes to aid in preventing fires from embers with no power to operate their pumps.?
    3) How will residents get emergency evacuation notices if the power is cut off and phones won’t work? ( some areas up in Three Rivers only have land line capability.)
    There are some serious issues to shutting off power.

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