Community Wildfire Safety Program

To help meet the climate-driven challenge of increasing wildfires and extreme weather events, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is taking action with a comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program. PG&E is working in close coordination with first responders, civic and community leaders, and customers on efforts that will have an immediate impact on reducing wildfire threats and improving safety.

Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees have created a “new normal” for California. In the interest of public safety, and following the wildfires in 2017, PG&E is implementing additional precautionary measures intended to reduce the risk of wildfires. PG&E is continuously evolving its operating practices in response to new standards and regulations – but this new normal means even more must be done in partnership to strengthen the safety and resilience of the state’s energy infrastructure.

PG&E’s multi-faceted Community Wildfire Safety Program focuses on three key areas: bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, working with customers and first responders to put in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden the electric system to help reduce wildfire threats and to keep customers safe.

Nothing is more important to PG&E than keeping our customers and communities safe. Extreme weather events driven by climate change are causing unprecedented and unanticipated wildfires. Our Community Wildfire Safety Program will help reduce wildfire threats and strengthen our communities for the future.

With the start of the 2018 wildfire season right around the corner, we are working in partnership with our customers and first responders to take action across our service area with a comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Wildfire Prevention and Emergency Response Efforts

PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, working in coordination with first responders, public safety agencies, and other community partners.

New and Enhanced Safety Measures

PG&E is working with our communities to put in place new and enhanced safety measures to help reduce wildfire risks and keep customers safe.

Harden Our Electric System and Integrate New Technologies

For the longer term, PG&E is doing more to harden our electric system and integrate new technologies to make a stronger and more resilient grid for the communities it serves.

Why PG&E is Taking Action with the Community Wildfire Safety Program

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. This new normal, evident in the 2017 wildfires, means we must partner to do even more to strengthen the resiliency and safety of our energy infrastructure and the customers we serve.

Extreme weather is increasing the number of large wildfires and the length of the wildfire season in California. In 2017 alone, CAL FIRE confronted 7,117 wildfires, compared to an average of 4,835 during the preceding five years. Five of the 20 most destructive wildfires in the state’s history burned between October and December.

PG&E recognizes that we can’t do this alone. We need to work together with civic and community leaders, first responders, state leaders, and other energy companies on solutions and new ways of thinking to stay ahead of California’s changing climate and ensure the ongoing delivery of safe and reliable energy.

What the Community Wildfire Safety Program Means for PG&E Customers

We want to work together to share information, provide resources and help our customers and communities prepare for and stay safe during extreme weather events. We are also developing a roadmap for longer-term investments that will help improve the safety and resiliency of our state’s energy infrastructure.

The Community Wildfire Safety Program will help PG&E do even more to partner with our customers to help them prepare for wildfire season, let them know what we are doing to keep them and their families safe, and answer any questions they may have.