With the growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires, the Public Safety Power Shutoff program includes all distribution and transmission electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas. We will only turn off lines in the interest of safety to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted.
Each extreme weather event which may require a Public Safety Power Shutoff is unique. Factors considered include but are not limited to:
Monitoring the moisture content of live vegetation and critically dry vegetation that could fuel a wildfire.
PG&E's Wildfire Safety Operations Center provides real-time monitoring of conditions from on-the-ground field teams, PG&E weather stations, and live video feeds. Also monitored are emergency alert systems and social media of CAL FIRE, National Weather Service, local public safety authorities and more.
The California Public Utilities Commission has designated areas that are at elevated or extreme risk for wildfire. Find more information here. Electric lines that run through Tier 2 or 3 areas are more likely to experience a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
All electrical customers should be prepared for a possible public safety power outage. Even if you are a customer that does not live or work in a high fire-threat area, your power may be shut off if your community relies on a line that passes through an area with extreme fire danger conditions.
When possible, we will provide customers with advance notice through calls, texts and emails prior to turning off the power. Updates will also be made to pge.com, social media channels, and provided to local radio and news outlets. Updates will continue until power is restored.
When possible, we will provide advanced notifications 48 hours, 24 hours and just before power lines are turned off. Notifications will also be sent during the public safety outage and once power has been restored.
Prepare your homes, families and businesses with these outage preparation safety tips: