Community Wildfire Safety Program
Further reducing wildfire risks
California faces a continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires. To increase safety precautions following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, we have enhanced and expanded our Community Wildfire Safety Program. Our goal is to further reduce wildfire risks and keep our customers and the communities we serve safe.
How we are taking action
Our ongoing and expanded efforts include:
ACCELERATED INSPECTIONS OF ELECTRIC TOWERS AND POLES
Conducting accelerated safety inspections of approximately 735,000 transmission and distribution structures across high fire-risk areas in advance of wildfire season. Learn more about wildfire safety inspections.
MILES OF STRONGER, MORE RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE
Upgrading our electric system in the highest fire-risk areas over the next 10 years by installing over 7,100 miles of stronger poles and covered power lines.
ENHANCED VEGETATION WORK
Meeting current state vegetation and fire safety standards for electric distribution lines in high fire-threat areas, and increasing focus on vegetation that poses a higher wildfire risk. Learn more about enhanced vegetation work.
WILDFIRE SAFETY OPERATIONS CENTER
Monitoring conditions around the clock during wildfire season and coordinating prevention and response efforts.
Find high fire-threat areas
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 risk.
- Tier 3 areas are at extreme risk for wildfire
- Tier 2 areas are at elevated risk for wildfire
- Zone 1 areas are those with high numbers of dead and dying trees
Visit CALFIRE for wildfire readiness tips