Plan Approved to Shut Down Power to Prevent Wildfire Disasters

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New plans approved by the California Public Utilities Commission mean planned power shutoffs during wildfire season. (Wako Megumi)

State regulators have approved plans by California's largest utilities aimed at limiting future wildfires sparked by their equipment. The vote comes after two years of catastrophic, utility-caused fires that have devastated parts of California. On Thursday, all five members of the California Public Utilities Commission gave their blessing to wildfire prevention plans crafted by PG&E and the state’s other two large utilities. We'll discuss the plans and their projected impact on communities.


Marisa Lagos, politics correspondent, KQED; co-host of KQED's Political Breakdown podcast

Lisa Pickoff-White, data reporter and senior producer, KQED