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Posted on: September 7, 2018

PG&E Wildfire Safety Program Underway in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz County

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In response to the recent and dramatically increasing wildfire threat in our state, PG&E is taking immediate action to create even greater clearances between power lines and trees in extreme fire-threat areas across its service area, including neighborhoods in Scotts Valley.  This work is an acceleration of the enhanced vegetation management efforts PG&E had already begun with its Community Wildfire Safety Program. New state vegetation and fire safety standards require a minimum clearance of 4 feet around power lines in high fire-threat areas with clearances of 12 feet or more at the time of trim to ensure compliance year-round.  This wildfire vegetation management work addresses overhanging branches or limbs, which have the potential to come into contact with power lines. PG&E will be staging its equipment at Skypark for its planned vegetation management work starting this Sunday. The planned work should be completed by November 1. PG&E will be reaching out to customers in advance of the work through automated phone calls, letters, emails, door knocks and doorhangers.  Residents and businesses can call its dedicated phone line at 1-877-295-4949 or email wildfiresafety@pge.com. More information about PG&E’s comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program is also available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

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