We are expanding and accelerating our wildfire safety measures.
Given the continued and growing threat of wildfire, PG&E is evolving and expanding our Community Wildfire Safety Program as an additional precautionary measure following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep our customers and the communities we serve safe.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) worked with CAL FIRE and other utility and public-safety experts to develop a High Fire-Threat District Map, adopted in January 2018. The map identifies areas across California that have the highest likelihood of a wildfire impacting people and property, and where additional action may be necessary to reduce wildfire risks.
Beginning with the 2019 wildfire season, as an additional precautionary measure following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep our customers and communities safe, we are expanding our Public Safety Power Shutoff program to include all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission.
While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off if their community relies upon a line that passes through a high fire-threat area.
We know how much our customers rely on electric service and that there are safety risks on both sides. We will only proactively turn off lines as a last resort in the interest of safety to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted. If we need to turn off power, we will attempt to contact customers in advance to ensure enough time to prepare. We will also provide updates until power is restored.
For more information, you may also call 1-866-743-6589.
Learn the steps you can take to prepare for wildfire season in the PREPARE FOR OUTAGES WITH THESE TIPS section on this page.
Take these steps to prepare for wildfire season and a potential public safety power shutoff.
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