Chopper company on the job with pole repairs in Old Agoura

CHANGING OF THE GUARD—A helicopter crew replaces an old and damaged wooden telephone pole on Nov. 1 in Old Agoura. Courtesy of Stephen Cirigliano

Telephone poles are the perfect fuel for wildfires, but next time a conflagration rolls through the region utility companies are hoping to have the upper hand.

In the Woolsey fire some 1,400 poles were damaged or destroyed and 175 miles of bare wiring was lost. Following the fire, Southern California Edison began installing stronger poles, insula...

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