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PG&E Wildfire Safety Program enhancing campaign as precautionary measure

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 17:51:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program will be enhancing and expanding their campaign as an additional precautionary measure to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep our customers and the communities safe.

New and enhanced safety measures include:

  • Further enhancing vegetation management efforts to increase focus on addressing overhanging limbs and branches, dead and dying trees as well as certain species that pose an increased potential risk of falling into power lines.
  • Conducting accelerated safety inspections of electric towers and poles from top to bottom through ground, climbing, done or helicopter inspections. This is in addition to our routine inspections and maintenance programs.
  • Disabling automatic reclosing of circuit breakers and reclosers on lines in high fire-risk areas during wildfire season.
  • Proactively turning off electric power for safety when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted and helping customers prepare by providing early warning notification when possible.