Power Lines: PG&E

Following California's recent wildfires, PG&E is partnering with customers in high fire-threat areas to create safe space between distribution lines and trees and brush that can act as fuel for wildfires. This work is an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce the risk of wildfires in at-risk communities.

In the highest fire-threat areas across Northern and Central California – based on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District Map – PG&E is partnering with customers to create "fire defense zones" by removing vegetation under and around distribution lines that could act as fuel in case of a wildfire.

These fire defense zones:

  • Create safe space between power lines and trees and brush that can act as fuel for wildfires
  • Can help slow the spread of fires and improve access for first responders in the event of a wildfire
  • Enhance defensible space around homes, businesses and properties to improve public safety


PGE 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan

Partnering with customers

PG&E is looking at the area 15 feet on either side of the pole line for any vegetation that could act as fuel in a wildfire. If any vegetation work is necessary, PG&E will partner with property owners to develop a customized plan that helps ensure safety. PG&E will perform the agreed-upon work at no cost to the property owner and will provide recommendations for fire-safe planting in and around the fire defense zone. For more information on fire-safe plants see www.firesafemarin.org/plants.

Additional resources

  • Download PG&E's Fire Defense Zone brochure (PDF, 5.1 MB) PDF
  • Download the Guide to Landscaping in High Fire-Threat Areas (PDF, 503 KB) PDF
  • Learn more about PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program.
  • Email PG&E about wildfire safety issues or any questions about this work at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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