PRO­TECT­ING NEIGH­BOR­HOODS FROM THE THREAT OF WILD­FIRES

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NEWS -

With new wild­fires threat­en­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, PG&E is part­ner­ing with our cus­tomers in high fire-threat ar­eas to ac­cel­er­ate and ex­pand our veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment work. We will be ex­am­in­ing and ad­dress­ing crit­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion across 7,100 miles of power lines.

The 2018 wild­fire sea­son is al­ready one of the worst on record — with more than 1.5 mil­lion acres burned and more than 1,000 homes lost. And it’s not over yet. With the wild­fire risk in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing pace, the 2018 wild­fire ac­tiv­ity is on track to ex­ceed the 2017 wild­fire sea­son, which was the most de­struc­tive on record.

In or­der to keep our neigh­bor­hoods safe, PG&E may need to trim or re­move veg­e­ta­tion on or near prop­er­ties in high firethreat ar­eas. PG&E’s ac­tion plan in­cludes the fol­low­ing steps:

Step 1: Our safety in­spec­tors will be in your neigh­bor­hood to de­ter­mine what veg­e­ta­tion may need to be trimmed or re­moved.

Step 2: If needed, we will mark trees that need to be ad­dressed and con­tact you to dis­cuss the re­sults of the safety in­spec­tion.

Step 3: We will per­form safety work shortly af­ter the in­spec­tion.

Step 4: We will plan to be­gin wood de­bris re­moval within a few weeks af­ter com­ple­tion of the safety work (un­less you would like to keep it).

Now, and in the years ahead, we must all work to­gether to be bet­ter pre­pared for wild­fires.

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