Between October and December 2017, California experienced five of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history. Among this unprecedented stretch were the Northern California Wildfires in October of 2017 which destroyed homes, buildings and properties across the North Bay. Though we don’t know the causes of the fires, we do know that an extraordinary confluence of climate-driven conditions helped to fuel the fires. These included:
Years of drought, extreme heat, and 129 million dead trees have created a “new normal” for our state, and we must continue to adapt to meet these challenges. In order to reduce the threat of wildfires and improve public safety, PG&E is working together with customers, civic and community leaders, and first responders to implement a comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program.
The Community Wildfire Safety Program will bolster wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, work with customers and first responders to put in place new and enhanced safety measures, and long term, will harden the electric system and integrate new technologies to help reduce wildfire threats and keep customers safe. To learn more about the Community Wildfire Safety Program, click here.
Our message to the community and our customers is a simple one: no matter how long it takes, we will be there with you.