Wildfires

On this page you will find information about the CPUC's continual efforts to identify ways to help reduce the likelihood of utility involvement in wildfires, and to help protect consumers.

Utility Wildfire Mitigation Plans (SB901)

On Oct. 25, 2018, the CPUC acted to further protect the state from wildfires related to electric facilities by setting the framework to provide guidance on initial utility wildfire mitigation plans, and inviting the input of all stakeholders in guiding its approach. Read more.

Public Safety Power Shut Offs (De-Energization)

The State's investor-owned utilities have general authority to shut off electric power to protect public safety under California law. Utilities have recently developed programs to exercise this authority during severe wildfire threat conditions as a preventative measure of last resort. Read more.

Rulemaking on Criteria and Methodology for Wildfire Cost Recovery

The CPUC's R.19-01-006 is an Order Instituting Rulemaking to Implement Public Utilities Code Section 451.2 Regarding Criteria and Methodology for Wildfire Cost Recovery Pursuant to Senate Bill 901 (2018). Read More

Staff Investigations

The CPUC is conducting staff investigations of certain wildfires to assess the compliance of electric facilities with applicable rules and regulations (CAL FIRE determines the sources of ignition of the fires and the way that the fires spread). The wildfires under staff investigation are:

  • November 2018: the Camp Fire in PG&E's service territory; and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California Edison's service territory.
  • In December 2017, there were the following wildfires in Southern California Edison's service territory: Rye, Thomas, Liberty, and Meyers.
  • In October 2017, there were the following wildfires in PG&E's service territory: Cherokee Fire (Butte County); Point Fire (Calaveras County); Adobe, Norrbom, Nuns, Pytthian-Oakmond, Pocket, and Youngs Fires (Sonoma County); Sulphur Fire (Lake County); Lobo Fire (Nevada County); La Porte Fire (Butte County); and Patrick and Atlas Fires (Napa County).
  • November 2018 California Wildfires
  • October 2017 Northern California Wildfires
  • December 2017 Southern California WIldfires

Regulations

 

Utility Resources

CPUC and Utility Electric Safety Reports

For de-energization reports, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/deenergization

Other Information

Fire and Utility Pole News

 

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