As summer approaches, state utilities try to minimize wildfire risks

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Engineers affiliated with the California Army National Guard in Paradise, California, Nov. 17, 2018. The engineers worked in support of state agencies following the deadly Camp Fire. Photo credit: Senior Airman Crystal Housman/U.S. Air National Guard, via Flickr

High winds and heat in Northern California recently caused PG&E to shut off power to communities in the Sierra Foothills. That left more than 20,500 people in Butte and Yuba counties without power. PG&E hopes this strategy, albeit controversial, will prevent sparks that lead to wildfires.