California Adopts Map Showing Power-Line Fire Danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California regulators who oversee the state's electricity have adopted a map that shows where power lines pose the greatest wildfire danger. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved the use of what it calls Fire Map 1, which shows parts of the state that are especially in danger for ignition and spread of power-line fires due to strong winds, dry vegetation and other environmental conditions around the lines. The CPUC says the map is meant to help prevent blazes like the catastrophic 2007 wildfires that burned 334 miles of Southern California in 2007 and a deadly wildfire in Amador and Calaveras counties last year. The commission says it will immediately begin work on a second map called Fire Map 2, showing where stiffer fire restrictions will apply.