Investigating High Risk Power Lines

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Smokes rises from a back fire set by fire fighters near a hillside near PG&E power lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. (PHILIP PACHECO/AFP via Getty Images)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company's power lines have sparked some of California's deadliest wildfires, including the 2018 Camp Fire where the utility pleaded guilty to killing 84 people. As summer approaches, concern is growing over high risk power lines starting fires around the state. We'll discuss where the Bay Area's riskiest power lines are, and where to go for help if a power line doesn't look right.

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Aaron Glantz, senior investigations editor, NPR’s California Newsroom

Dr. Nathaniel Skinner, program manager, safety branch, Public Advocates Office, the independent consumer advocate at the California Public Utilities Commission

Diane Dillon, supervisor, Napa County