Further enhancing our efforts for safety

PG&E has expanded and enhanced our vegetation safety work in High Fire-Threat District (HFTD) areas. HFTD areas are designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This aids us in further reducing the risk of wildfires and keep you and your community safe.

The goal of our Enhanced Vegetation Management (EVM) Program is to keep trees, limbs and branches away from powerlines and electric equipment.

As part of this work, we will:

  • Exceed state standards for minimum clearances around powerlines, including pruning overhanging limbs and branches above powerlines.
  • Conduct additional inspections, beyond routine patrols, to cut down dead, diseased, dying or defective trees that could harm powerlines or equipment.
  • Evaluate the condition of trees that may need to be addressed if they are tall enough to strike the lines or equipment.

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.

Use our mobile app to report vegetation concerns

Our teams work every day to help keep communities safe from wildfire. We use drones, helicopters, weather stations, cameras and more to enhance our efforts. Now, PG&E Report It is part of our safety toolkit.

This summer, we launched the pilot for our new “PG&E Report It” mobile app for customers in HFTDs to report their safety concerns directly to us. Customers can report concerns to us by:

  1. Describing the location of their safety concern.
    • This Includes concerns about electrical equipment or vegetation that pose a potential risk to powerlines.
  2. Taking a picture or video of the location.
  3. Submitting a report.

This initial phase of the pilot is available to select customers who live in high fire-threat areas.

Learn more about PG&E REPORT IT

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