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A DC-10 Air Tanker flies over the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 9, 2018, a day after it began.

Southern California Edison residential customer bills will increase by about 9 percent, or $12.41 per month, under the utility's approved revenue requirement for 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved this week. Rates are going up in part to pay for thousands of miles of covered conductors in SCE's high-fire-risk areas.

CPUC member Clifford Rechtschaffen at an Aug. 19 meeting said the commission should not "sugarcoat" the "significant" rate hike. "We got over 500 comments . . . many of those raised concern over rate impacts," he said.

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