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SDG&E, local leaders to discuss wildfire safety measures

Posted at 9:35 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 21:09:33-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric and a group of local government officials will discuss new wildfire safety initiatives Wednesday in advance of the county's peak wildfire season.

Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham, county Supervisor Jim Desmond and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Chairman John Christman will join SDG&E officials to discuss countywide fire preparedness, which includes SDG&E's partnership with the county to utilize a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to fight fires.

Cal Fire will dispatch the helicopter when needed, according to SDG&E. The county and Cal Fire will also make use of a new tactical command vehicle that features internet and phone service and evacuation map books for first responders to help them plan better.

The news conference is set to be held at the High Performance Aircraft hangar at Gillespie Field. The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.