Los Angeles (August 1, 2019)–LADWP must replace more than 200 deteriorating wooden power poles that stretch from Pacific Palisades to Lake Encino, an area identified by the California Public Utilities Commission as an Elevated Fire Risk area. This project will help ensure power reliability and safety, while helping reduce wildfire threats. These wooden poles were installed between 1933-1955 and are now past their useful service life. Due to their locations, these poles have been identified as potential fire hazards and will be replaced with steel poles. LADWP also plans to install raptor protectors on the new steel poles in order to protect birds from incidental contact.
In response to recent community concerns about protected plants in the construction area, LADWP has halted construction and is working with biologists and other experts to conduct an investigation and assessment of the site.