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  • We launched www.pgecommitment.com, a dedicated website about PG&E's response and recovery work for the Northern California wildfires.

Since the start of the devastating Northern California wildfires on Oct. 8, 2017, our primary focus has been—and continues to be—the life, safety and well-being of the customers and communities that have been affected. We have worked safely and diligently to restore power and gas to nearly every customer who was able to receive it.

At the outset of the wildfires, PG&E activated emergency centers with base camps for our crews in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Our crews worked around the clock at the camps to return power and gas service—and a sense of normalcy—to our communities. We deployed more than 4,300 workers, including PG&E employees and mutual-aid crews to support the response.

Customers and the general public will continue to see an enhanced PG&E presence in these areas for some time as we work to help these communities start to rebuild.

Electric Restoration Process

Steps for Safely Restoring Service to a Damaged Structure (PDF, 200 KB)

Once crews have been given safe access to enter an area by CAL FIRE, PG&E crews begin the electric assess, repair and restoration process. Once safe, the first step is damage assessment, which typically takes 12 to 24 hours to complete. PG&E workers will be on site to make the area safe by isolating electrical hazards. The next steps are equipment repairs and coordinated restoration. Based on needed repairs and time to complete work, an estimated time for restoration is established and communicated to customers. Before safely re-energizing homes and businesses, PG&E will inspect adjacent facilities and ensure locations are safe to receive power. Where it is safe to do so, and access is permitted and approved by relevant agencies, restoring service will typically take 24-48 hours depending on the extent of damage and complexity of the work. Repopulation decisions to areas or neighborhoods are made by local law enforcement.

Gas Restoration and Relight Process

In order to restore gas service, gas crews must conduct a thorough assessment of damaged infrastructure and on-site inspections at each customer home and business. Having access to customers’ meters is critical to the gas restoration process. In order to restore service safely and as quickly as possible, PG&E crews will need access to homes and businesses and may need to work with customers to enter properties. Every gas meter must be inspected and gas crews must ensure that no gas is flowing on the customer's property. Turning gas off at every meter is a necessary first step. Following that process, all active gas lines must be cleared of residual gas. Once gas has been cleared and it is safe to do so, gas service will be returned to the lines. After that, Gas Service Representatives will visit customer homes and businesses to restore service and relight pilot lights.

  • As reminder, PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you. Customers should always ask to see valid identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E's customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify PG&E's presence in the community.

Gas Restoration

Gas restoration is complete for customers who were available to provide access for PG&E's technicians. If you return to your property and do not have gas service, please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. We will work to relight your service as quickly as possible.

Learn more about gas safety

Support for Customers Affected by the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires

PG&E will work with customers affected by the wildfires by providing payment and credit arrangements as necessary, supporting rebuilding with a dedicated Building and Renovation Services team, managing wood debris and more.

PG&E Billing and Credit Support for Wildfire-Impacted Customers

At PG&E our first commitment is to our customers and communities that have been impacted by these extraordinary wildfires.

  • As part of that commitment, we are offering billing and credit relief for customers who lost their home or business in the October 2017 wildfires.
  • PG&E has suspended bills since the start of the wildfires for customers who lost their homes or businesses.
  • For these customers, PG&E will bring their balance to zero for the PG&E energy charges associated with their lost locations.
  • For customers who lost their home or business and have established service at a temporary residence, their energy bills may be held for their temporary home because PG&E energy bills are tied to the customer, not the address. This helps to ensure no customer who has lost a home or business receives a bill for the property that was destroyed.
  • PG&E is attempting to reach customers as it prepares to send bills for their temporary residence and will offer flexible payment plans to these customers who may receive a bill with several-months charges.
  • We will take no credit action on customers who have lost their home through the end of 2018.
  • PG&E is supporting customers directly impacted by the fires through the end of 2018 by providing gas and electric service, regardless of ability to pay.

In order to support low-income customers affected by the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires, PG&E has taken the following actions:

  • Extended eligibility for our low-income discount program – California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) – in impacted counties by freezing post or high usage enrollment verification requests. CARE eligibility will be extended until December 31, 2018.
  • Contacted nine Community Outreach Contractors, the community-based organizations who assist in enrolling hard-to-reach low-income customers onto CARE, in impacted counties to help better inform customers of these eligibility changes.
  • Partnered with The Salvation Army, the administrator of the PG&E- and customer-funded emergency assistance program for low-income customers – Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) – to increase the assistance limit amount from $300 to $600 for customers whose homes were destroyed in the wildfires. REACH funds will be made available for customers whose homes were destroyed at this new cap amount until funds are depleted.

Building and Renovation Services

PG&E has set up a dedicated team within our Building and Renovation Services department to work directly with customers impacted by the wildfires.

  • Each customer within the fire-damage zones designated by CAL FIRE who needs new or changed service from PG&E will be assigned a PG&E representative to help with new or modified gas or electric service.
  • This will provide a consistent, streamlined rebuilding process in Napa, Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
  • Customers can visit PG&E’s dedicated Customer Connections website, where new service installations, temporary construction power or other services can be initiated and tracked.

Planting for recovery after wildfires

Plan before you plant. Plant the right tree in the right place.

To support communities recovering from the wildfires, PG&E offered customers assistance in cutting down and hauling away larger wood from their property. As recovery and restoration efforts continue, PG&E offers these tips for the long-term enjoyment of trees and plants.

Planting tips:

  • Consider the location and plant growth at its maturity.
  • Avoid planting under power lines or near utility infrastructure such as above-ground transformers.
  • Tree size matters. Select appropriate trees to avoid pruning and removal.
  • Consider pollinator plantings under all lines.
  • Call 811 at least 2 days before digging to plant trees, to have underground utilities marked.
  • Consider fire resistant landscaping and defensible space planting. Visit CAL FIRE for more information.
  • For more information about planting near electric or gas lines, visit Right Tree, Right Place.

If you have questions

We understand that billing is the last thing on our customers' minds when they're dealing with disasters. We are here to answer your questions. We are committed to work closely with our customers to help file claims and recover losses during this time.

To stop service, make payment arrangements, file claims or if you have questions about your bill please call us at 1-800-743-5000.

Wildfire Safety

Community Wildfire Safety Program

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.

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Keep contact information up to date

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.