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Judge proposes PG&E power restrictions for next California fire season

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  • District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco also proposed that PG&E be required to re-inspect its grid and "remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines."
A Cal Fire firefighter sprays water on a home next to a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area on Nov. 9, 2018 in Magalia, California.
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A U.S. judge on Wednesday issued a proposed order to restrict utility PG&E from using power lines deemed to be unsafe during high winds in the 2019 California fire season, according to a court filing.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco also proposed that PG&E be required to re-inspect its grid and "remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines."

The judge is overseeing conditions of PG&E's probation following a 2010 gas pipeline explosion, and ordered the company to respond to his proposed order by Jan. 23.