Learn about our vegetation safety work in high fire-threat areas


In response to the growing risk of wildfire in our state, we are enhancing our vegetation and safety work. Our focus will be on addressing vegetation that poses a higher potential for wildfire risk in high fire-threat areas as designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). You may see PG&E vegetation management inspectors and contractors in your neighborhood multiple times in a year if you live in those areas.


Further enhancing our efforts for safety


Our Enhanced Vegetation Management (EVM) program involves multiple steps to help further reduce the risk of trees, limbs and branches from coming into contact with power lines in high fire-threat areas.


To maximize the safety of our customers, their neighborhoods and the surrounding community, we will:



A. Continue to meet state vegetation and fire safety standards through our routine vegetation management work, which require clearances of 4 feet around power lines in high fire-threat areas with recommended minimum clearances of 12 feet or more at time of prune to ensure compliance year-round. We will also remove hazardous vegetation such as dead or dying trees that pose a potential risk to the lines.


B. Respond to the increasing wildfire threat our state faces by addressing overhanging limbs and branches directly above and around the lines. We will also evaluate the condition of trees that may need to be addressed if they are tall enough to strike the lines.



Top 20 percent of EVM work scope

PG&E's goal is to complete 1,800 EVM miles by the end of 2021, out of approximately 2,400 miles of total 2021 EVM scope of work. The 2021 goal is a subset of the total scope of work to account for projected operational constraints, including access issues, environmental considerations and permitting requirements. The top 1-3% Circuit Protection Zone (CPZ) risk will be a primary focus of PG&E's 1,800 miles of EVM work by end of year. CPZs are portions of a circuit that can be isolated from the rest of the system.


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Top 20 percent of EVM work scope

We're launching a mobile application this summer, designed to report non-emergency safety concerns related to PG&E electrical equipment. You can use it to submit a photo of tree limbs, branches, or vegetation that pose a potential risk to PG&E lines, or other hazards related to PG&E electrical equipment.


Learn more about the mobile app to report safety concerns


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