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Posted on: July 27, 2020

Wildfire Season is Here!


It’s Wildfire Season, here’s what you need to know.

Because Scotts Valley is located in an extreme fire hazard area, we strongly encourage you to prepare and protect yourself, family and/or business for the potential Public Safety Power Shut (PSPS) that may occur during this fire season.

There are some simple steps in the image below that we’re recommending all residents and business owners follow to keep themselves and their property safe.

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In addition, please review the content below to get up to date on Scotts Valley’s wildfire risk, steps being taken to improve communication and access to resources and what to do if you or someone you know is especially vulnerable during a PSPS.

You can also click on PG&E’s link Prevention, Preparedness and Support to get more detailed information including how to prepare for multiple-day outages, backup power, support after a wildfire as well as webinars on these subjects and more.

Stay Safe Scotts Valley!

Scotts Valley is located in a Tier 3, “extreme” High Fire-Threat Area.

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During severe weather conditions PG&E uses Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) to prevent wildfires and to protect public safety.

Wildfire Graphic 3Even if you are in an area that does not appear to have high winds or other fire threats, you may be connected to a line that is. Additionally, there are areas in which your neighbor may have power, but your power may be shut off. This is because despite your proximity, you are connected to different power lines.

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There is no way to know how frequently a PSPS event will occur, so our focus is to make sure that we remain prepared when it does happen.

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In response to feedback from customers and government officials after last year’s PSPS events, PG&E is making the following efforts to improve the experience this year.

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Here is a timeline of when notifications will come to you in advance of a PSPS. 

Wildfire Graphic 7These are examples of what both “watch” and “warning” notifications from PG&E will look like:

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Should a PSPS occur, you should expect it to follow the timeline shown below:

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If you or someone you know is medically vulnerable and will be especially impacted by a PSPS event, please review the resources included below and reach out to them in advance of an event so you are properly prepared.

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In the event that a PSPS event occurs in your area, PG&E will set-up Community Resource Centers to meet customers basic needs.

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Because Scotts Valley is located in an extreme fire hazard area, we strongly encourage you to follow the steps in the slide below to assure you are prepared in the event of a PSPS.

  • At minimum, please make sure PG&E has you and your loved ones current contact information so that alerts will reach you

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