Solving problems in the
Wildland-Urban Interface

Joseph W. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Phone: 858 228 0089

Power Lines and Wildfire

Proposed Changes to California Power Line Safety Regulations

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The 2008-2011 rulemaking instituted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is intended to make changes to current California regulations in order to reduce the likelihood of power line fire ignitions in hazard areas. Several rules were introduced by MGRA including:

January 2010 Submission to the Victorian Royal Bushfires Commission

This submission describes current academic work as well as activities before the California Public Utilities Commission on powerlines and wildland fire.  Five of the eleven “Black Saturday” fires under investigation by the Royal Bushfires Commission were reportedly due to power line ignitions.


Power Line Failures and Catastrophic Wildfires Under Extreme Weather Conditions

Presentation to the International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis (ICEFA12), The Hague, Netherlands, July 1-4, 2012 PowerPoint Presentation