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PWP To Update Municipal Services Committee On Wildfire Mitigation Plan

Published on Monday, April 26, 2021 | 5:00 am
 
Firefighters battle the Ranch Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa on Aug. 13, 2020. (Credit: Caltrans District 7)

The Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP) will provide an update on the proposed projects to mitigate potential wildfires ignited by overhead power lines in what are considered extreme fire hazard, or Tier 3, areas in Pasadena. 

These areas include the Florecita Drive area in Northwest Pasadena, and the Canyon Close and Fox Ridge Drive areas in Northeast Pasadena. 

PWP will report the update in a virtual conference on Tuesday before the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee, according to a memorandum by PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. 

PWP first presented the Power Lines-Triggered Wildfire Mitigation Plan, containing programs, policies, activities to mitigate the threat of power line-ignited wildfires before the Municipal Services Committee and the City Council in November 2019, and obtained approval to proceed with the plan. 

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

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

PWP’s preliminary report showed the options offered for both areas include converting only high-voltage lines to underground, converting only electrical lines underground and leaving poles and telecom lines above ground, and removing all poles, electrical lines and telecom wires underground, which PWP said is the preferred option. 

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

For the Northeast Pasadena UUD, costs are estimated to be from $2.4 million up to $5.5 million and the timelines are between 2.5 and four years. 

Members of the community 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, members of the public may provide live public comment by submitting a speaker card before the public comment portion begins through www.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/public-comment.

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