Because wildfires are a huge risk in Northern and Central California, we work closely with CAL FIRE and other state and local agencies to educate customers about fire safety.
According to CAL FIRE, nearly 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people, often when they are engaged in routine activities. Tasks like mowing the lawn, using a weed eater or using a chain saw can spark a wildfire. Similarly, worn brakes, exposed wheel rims and dragging tow chains can also cause sparks and ignite a fire while driving.
We encourage the 15 million Californians we serve to practice safe outdoor equipment use, and to properly use and maintain all vehicles. We also encourage customers to practice campfire safety and learn how to safely burn debris.
The following tips can help you prevent wildfires:
In addition to wildfire prevention, creating and maintaining defensible space can help slow or stop a wildfire. It also helps firefighters defend property. We continually monitor fuel conditions to prepare for this risk, and we work closely with public safety organizations to assist in fire response activities.
PG&E has precautionary measures in place to help reduce the risk of wildfires. Our goal is to help customers prepare for and stay safe during extreme weather events, including sending notifications when and where possible when power may be turned off for safety.
For public safety, it may be necessary for us to temporarily turn off electricity in high fire-threat areas when extreme fire conditions occur. We will attempt to contact customers in advance to ensure there’s enough time to prepare.