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PG&E Has Begun Tree Trimming for Fire Safety – Orange Tags Have Been Placed on Trees That Threaten High-Voltage Power Lines.

Posted on January 31, 2020


Dear Residents,

You may have noticed orange ribbons/paint on trees in your neighborhood.  These tags represent the trees that a PG&E contractor will be trimming pursuant to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulations.  PG&E states it has an arborist mark trees that do not meet the new standard of 12’ of clearance above, below, and to the sides of the high voltage lines (highest lines). Additionally, the arborist checks each tree for structural issues and any dangerous limbs will be removed during the trimming. If the whole tree is  deemed unsafe it will be marked with a red X, and it will be completely removed. There are quite a few trees marked throughout town, and a fair amount of the work has been completed by PG&E contractors. We have asked PG&E to provide flyers to residents about the work being done, and to provide flyers to the tree crews to have available when they are questioned regarding their work.

Please understand that PG&E is not required to obtain any local permits as the work is pursuant to CPUC regulations. Attached is a page from the PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program overview highlighting the tree trimming requirement.

For more info on CPUC regulations, go to: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=1974

Thank you for your understanding.

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