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PG&E Funds Local Fire Safe Council Projects, Joins CAL FIRE in Urging Residents to Prevent, Prepare for Wildfires

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NCG member Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced last week that they are providing nearly $2 million in funding to local Fire Safe Councils across its service area for fuel reduction projects and public education to help prevent dangerous wildfires. PG&E also joined CAL FIRE during California Wildfires Awareness Week (the first week of May) in urging residents to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

"At PG&E, we pride ourselves on being the public's partner in safety. We are honored to team with firefighters on the important work they do to help educate Californians about the dangers of wildfires and how to prevent and prepare for them. We encourage all of our customers and employees to focus on fire safety now and throughout the entire year," said Barry Anderson, vice president of emergency preparedness and operations for PG&E.
"California's wildfire activity has been well above normal all year long and as we reach the traditional summer months that trend is not likely to go away," said Daniel Berlant, CAL FIRE chief of public information. "That's why it is critical that all residents are prepared for wildfires by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space around their homes, and that all Californians take steps to prevent sparking a wildfire."
In 2014, PG&E worked with 38 local Fire Safe Councils to fund fire breaks in and around communities, improve emergency access roads and help low-income residents clear defensible space around their properties to protect them from fire. PG&E is proud to continue working closely with local Fire Safe Councils across northern and central California to ensure that the communities it serves are prepared for wildfires.
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