As part of PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E is implementing additional precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving our community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
PG&E's PSPS program now includes all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission.
While customers in high fire-threat areas (based on the CPUC High Fire-Threat District map) are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could impact any of the more than 5 million customers who receive electric service from PG&E. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.
Once transmission lines are shut down it may take between 2 to 7 days for power to be restored. All residents need to be prepared for the possibility. Being prepared for any emergency is always important. The PSPS is one more reason to be prepared. Prepare today!