Partners in your community

We live and work in your neighborhoods and are committed to the safety of our communities. When responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, droughts or earthquakes, we will work hard to manage vegetation and power lines to provide for you and your family's safety. As your partners we sponsor community events and provide ongoing safety education about trees and power line safety.

Our response to the California drought

Following the State of Emergency Proclamation, declared in 2014 by Governor Brown, and a California Public Utility Commission Resolution to take remedial measures to reduce the likelihood of fires, PG&E contributed approximately $7.7 million toward community-based fire risk reduction with CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Councils to help ensure the public's safety.

Our drought response goal is to protect life and property at risk from wildfires while also preventing electrical outages.

In 2015, we contributed an additional $2 million continuing our work of reducing drought impacts and tree mortality due to bark beetle infestation. Our 2015 work included:

  • Increased inspections in fire prone areas—identifying and working on 20,000 dead, dying and diseased trees along 44,000 miles of line
  • Expanded CAL FIRE response efforts to fires with additional funding for aerial patrols and remote fire detection cameras
  • Extension of CAL FIRE's public safety campaign to help increase education on vital fire safety and bark beetle infestation
  • Use of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery to detect hazardous and dying trees

The prolonged and severe drought has produced tens of millions of dead trees in California. The effects of the drought will continue even with the normal rainfall in 2016 and beyond. Visit

PG&E's 2016 continued drought response

As record drought conditions intensify the millions of dying trees and bark beetle infestation across California, we will continue to partner with CAL FIRE and local Safety Councils providing funds to help prevent wildfires within your community.

Our 2016 drought work to reduce the potential for wildfire includes:

  • Working year round to manage the effects of the drought and the increasing fire risk
  • Managing over 55 million trees on two million properties in our 70,000 square-mile service area
  • Inspecting 72,000 miles of line with redundant patrols to identify and remove dead, dying trees that pose a hazard in high-risk fire areas
  • Using emerging aerial LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) imagery patrol technologies to proactively detect hazardous trees near lines
  • Shared funding for CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Councils to continue preventive fire safety work in local communities
  • Extension of CAL FIRE's public safety campaign to help increase education about vital fire safety measures and the bark beetle infestation

Expanded Debris and Wood Management Program

An expanded debris and wood management is now available for qualifying customers in the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Placer, Tulare and Tuolumne. In all other counties PG&E will consider wood and debris management on a case-by-case basis.

Download the Debris Management Program brochure to learn more (PDF, 58 KB)

PG&E is a Tree Line USA Utility

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PG&E achieved the Tree Line USA recognition due to our sustained efforts and commitment to proper tree care, tree service and vegetation maintenance objectives. We also have trained our workers in quality tree-care practices, educated the public about planting for energy conservation and helped customers plant appropriately near utility lines.


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A Right-of-Way Steward Utility Founder

PG&E has officially been accredited as a “Right-of-Way Steward Utility Founder.” This Achievement demonstrates excellence in integrated vegetation management within electric transmission right-of-way corridors. PG&E was identified as an industry leader and founder. We earned this designation by having rigorous vegetation standards in our compliance with laws, standards and best practices, community relations and planning of sustainable environmental based activities that follow a core set of principles for excellence.


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