A pilot program by PG&E to apply fire retardant around their equipment even when there’s no fire around will be tested in the Palo Cedro area and in the southwestern corner of Shasta County. The retardant is being sprayed on, around and beneath equipment, poles and lines in the Boyle Road area, Rainbow Lake Road and Platina Road. They’ll be seeking permission from private landowners before doing so. The utility says the retardant being used has gone through environmental and public health analysis by the U.S. Forest Service, but still will not be used in agricultural or grazing areas, or near waterways, parks or schools. The chemical is clear or white, unlike the retardant dropped from aircraft during fires, which is colored red so the pilots can see where it landed. It’ll wash away with the fall rains.