Sacramento – As a result of climate change California’s fire season is now nearly year-round. More than 25 million acres in the state classified as under very high or extreme fire threat and nearly 25 percent of the state’s population or 11 million people live in the high-risk areas.
In recent years utility infrastructure has ignited wildfires up and down the state whether the result of an excessive buildup of dry brush, poor vegetation management, or a combination of high wind and low humidity. The increased contact between utility lines and trees, has produced devastating results.
In response to growing concerns in this regard Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law AB 1054. The measure increases accountability for utilities, protects customers and taxpayers from bearing the costs of the devastation caused by the wildfires and provides mechanisms to ensure greater safety for everyone in the state.
This legislation was championed by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-41st Assembly District).