California wildfires in 2020, 2021 and 2022 have devastated many communities throughout PG&E's service area. After these wildfires, we work to restore power quickly and safely to customers. This process includes inspecting and cutting down trees that pose a safety risk to work crews or electric equipment. This work is done in coordination with CAL FIRE and other wildfire-response agencies.
Wood larger than six inches in diameter is left on site as it is the legal property of the landowner. However, we know this wood can be a burden. The Wildfire Wood Management Program was formed to safely remove accessible wood left on landowners’ property due to PG&E’s emergency wildfire response efforts. Our hope is that this will allow landowners and communities to focus on healing and rebuilding.
If you were affected by wood debris left by PG&E during a 2021 wildfire, you may be eligible for our Wildfire Wood Management Program. The program’s goal is to complete wood removal work in a safe and timely manner. Some areas may require more time and resources to account for weather conditions, safety requirements or permitting.
If approved by the landowner, we will remove wood cut down in response to 2021 wildfires, including the:
If you were affected by wood debris left by PG&E during a 2020 wildfire, you may be eligible for our Wildfire Wood Management Program. Wildfire wood removal work across 2020 wildfire footprints is focused on:
2020 fire footprint areas where this work is occurring include:
Landowners with wood from trees that were cut down by PG&E after the 2020 or 2021 wildfires may opt into the program by completing, signing and returning the permission form to firstname.lastname@example.org. When work proceeds, a contract crew assigned to the area will notify landowners. If crews are unable to safely remove wood debris—or if removal may cause substantial environmental or physical damage—the wood will remain in its current location. This is in accordance with the Landowner Permission Form.
We are committed to completing this work as soon as possible. However, weather, ground conditions, safety precautions and permitting issues may impact our schedule to remove wood debris.
We are committed to minimizing waste. PG&E and its vendors legally dispose of wood material in efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound ways.
We will continue offering wood removal to landowners in new fire footprints where PG&E cuts down trees in response to wildfires. We will also continue exploring opportunities to refine our wood management program.