Headlines: SIERRA FIRES…”ONE Fire Event Away”?!
Sen. Mike McGuire fears “Sierra fire”, “fires threatening entire cities”, “fires in Dec. in wet areas”.
Video is from Ca. Senate Meeting Jan. 26, 2018 held in Santa Rosa, Ca. on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON GAS, ELECTRIC AND TRANSPORTATION SAFETY.
Deborah Tavares Presents Oral Comments at 1:05.30 AND 3:54.22
Meeting panel included Ca. Senator Mike McGuire, CALFire Chief Ken Pimlott, President Cal. Public Utilities Commission Michael Picker, and more.
1:00.02 “We are one event away in the Sierra from having an uncontrollable firestorm.”
1:00.15 “I think you said in a previous hearing [this would be] – the potential worst crisis in your career’s history, and you’ve had a lot of bad ones.”
1:01.07 “We are not prepared.”
1:01.23 “We had fires at Christmastime in 2015 in Humboldt County, which is one of the wettest spots on earth.”
1:50.40 “we know that the disasters that we’ve had continue to stare us down because it’s gonna happen again…”
1:51.13 “because it’s not just about new development. Coffee Park is two miles into the city. If you live in Larkfield or if you live in Coffee Park, what you always thought was…. we always thought we were going to be hit with an earthquake.”
1:51:30 “There is no way in hell that we thought that 1300 homes would be burned down in Coffee Park – it was impossible. There’s no Wildland Interface, it’s across 6 lanes of a highway, and there’s a lot of pavement in between where Coffee Park and where that fire came from Calistoga.”
1:51:58 “Where I think our new normal is…the size and scope and the severity of those wildland fire events, now are coming in and threatening entire cities, that just 10 years ago would have never thought something like this could have happened.”
2:54:00 List to PG&E discuss turning the power off and why the utility did not de-energize the grid