Through early November, CAL FIRE has responded to more than 5,600 wildfires this year, scorching more than 147,000 acres. During the same period in 2015, according to CAL FIRE, more than 307,000 acres burned. California fire season can last six to eight months, and some parts of the state are vulnerable year-round. And despite some early-season storms, it remains unclear how much rain and snow we will receive this fall and winter.In addition to the daily air patrols, PG&E continues to be steadfast in its efforts to prevent or lessen the impact of wildfires as part of its drought emergency response plan, including:
- Conducting enhanced ground and air patrols to inspect, prune or remove dead or dying trees that could fall into power lines and spark a fire. This includes use of LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) and spectral imagery patrols.
- Funding 20 local Fire Safe Councils for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects. This is the third consecutive year PG&E has partnered with CAL FIRE and local councils. PG&E provided funding for 45 shovel-ready projects in 20 high-fire risk counties throughout our service area to help reduce the risk of wildfires.
- Providing support and maintenance funding for remote cameras in lookout towers for early fire detection. PG&E funded remote cameras in 2014 and 2015.