To restore power and help ensure public safety after a wildfire, PG&E may need to cut down potentially hazardous trees during emergency wildfire response efforts. Crews cut and spread, chip, or remove wood debris that is smaller than four inches in diameter. Wood larger than four inches in diameter is left on site because it remains the property of the landowner. We recognize that wood cut down for safety can be challenging for landowners to manage.
PG&E's Wildfire Wood Management Program helps landowners recover from the impacts of wildfire by offering to manage or haul wildfire wood. Landowners can opt into the program by completing the permission form. Our hope is that this will support landowners and communities as they focus on healing and rebuilding.
PG&E's Wildfire Wood Management Program extends to footprints from wildfires that occurred in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Only wood felled by PG&E in response to a wildfire is eligible for management or hauling under this program.
2020 fire footprints where this work may occur include:
2021 fire footprints where this work may occur include:
Landowners with wood from PG&E‘s 2020, 2021 or 2022 wildfire response efforts may opt into the program by completing, signing and returning the permission form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A program crew will assess the wood and develop a plan to manage the wood. If crews are unable to safely manage or haul wood, or if doing so would cause damage to environmental or cultural resources or create a safety or access concern, the wood will remain in its current location.
PG&E has been offering wildfire wood management since 2020. Conducting this work can take considerable time and resources. We are committed to completing this work as soon as possible. Weather, ground conditions, safety precautions and permitting issues, among other factors, may impact our schedule to manage or haul wood.
We are committed to minimizing waste. PG&E and its vendors legally dispose of wood material in the most efficient and cost-effective manner using environmentally sound disposal methods.
We currently offer wood hauling and management to landowners in the identified 2020, 2021 and 2022 fire footprints where PG&E has cut down trees in response to wildfires.