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By Richard Lefever
For The Sentinel 

Local firm lends big hand in fires


November 15, 2017


BASE CAMP: Goldendale's Bishop Services were active in helping with the raging northern California fires this past summer, including setting up a base camp facility.

In early October, deadly wildfires swept through the picturesque Sonoma Valley, home of northern California's famous wine county. As damage assessments were developing-200,000 acres burned, 5,700 structures destroyed, and 38 lives lost-Bishop Companies was asked to assist Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in their massive power restoration project. PG&E is California's largest power provider with hundreds of miles of above-ground power lines and many more miles of underground gas lines. Arrangements had already been made by PG&E to bring in an army of utility workers from all over the west coast to help in the power restoration project.

The problem, with 34,000 local residents still...

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