Fire defense zones help reduce wildfire risks
Working together to keep you safe
Nothing is more important to us than keeping our customers and communities safe. We know how much trees mean to our communities, and we are committed to working together to ensure the right trees are located in the right places to help improve public safety.
In addition to meeting new state vegetation and fire safety standards, these efforts include establishing fire defense zones to create an added layer of protection as an additional precautionary measure to help reduce wildfire risks.
Creating fire defense zones
In the highest fire-threat areas across Northern and Central California – based on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District Map – we are partnering with our customers to create fire defense zones by removing vegetation under and around distribution lines that could act as fuel in case of a wildfire.
These fire defense zones:
- Create safe space between power lines and trees and brush that can act as fuel for wildfires
- Can help slow the spread of fires and improve access for first responders in the event of a wildfire
- Enhance defensible space around homes, businesses and properties to improve public safety
Visit the CPUC High Fire-Threat District Map
Partnering with our customers
We are looking at the area 15 feet on either side of the pole line for any vegetation that could act as fuel in a wildfire. If any vegetation work is necessary, we will partner with property owners to develop a customized plan that helps ensure safety. PG&E will perform the agreed-upon work at no cost to the property owner and will provide recommendations for fire-safe planting in and around the fire defense zone. For more information on fire-safe plants, visit CAL FIRE Ready for Wildfire.
Frequently asked questions
Why is PG&E doing this work?
Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees have created a new normal for our state and increased the threat of wildfires. So we must do even more in partnership with our customers and communities to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety.
Is PG&E required to do this work?
The fire defense zone work is a program that PG&E is undertaking voluntarily in partnership with our customers and communities. It is an additional precautionary measure to reduce the risk of future ignitions and help increase wildfire safety. The California Public Utilities Commission requires PG&E to maintain at least 4 feet of clearance between vegetation and power lines in high fire-threat areas year-round to help ensure electric reliability and public safety. We want to be sure we are doing all we can to help reduce wildfire risks, ensure access for first responders and keep our customers safe.
Will PG&E be removing all vegetation in the fire defense zone?
We know how important trees are to our communities. Trees are important to us, too. In some cases, depending on the types of trees and proximity to other trees and brush, some vegetation in the fire defense zone may be able to remain in place. Our inspectors will also work with property owners on recommendations for fire-safe planting in and around the fire defense zone to help preserve the beauty and character of the area.
For more information on fire-safe plants, visit CAL FIRE Ready for Wildfire.
What will PG&E do with the vegetative and wood debris resulting from this work?
We will work with property owners to develop a plan specific to their property and needs that safely repurposes, relocates or removes debris resulting from our fire defense zone work.
You can also email us at email@example.com with any questions about this work.