Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and CAL FIRE recently announced a partnership to help stop wildfires before they start in California. CAL FIRE's 'One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire' public safety campaign is a multi-agency effort to minimize the frequency, size and cost of wildfires started by human ignition.
PG&E is joining the campaign by reminding its 22,000 employees and encouraging the 15 million Californians it serves to practice safe outdoor equipment use, and to properly use and maintain all vehicles.
According to CAL FIRE, nearly 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people, often when they are engaged in routine activities. Simple tasks like mowing the lawn, using a weed eater or chain saw can spark a wildland fire. Similarly, driving on worn brakes or on exposed wheel rims while towing can cause the tow chain to spark and ignite a fire.
Along with promoting safe outdoor equipment use, and proper vehicle use and maintenance to prevent fires, CAL FIRE urges all Californians to learn more about debris burning and campfire safety. You can find out how, when and what to burn safely, and how to practice campfire safety and obtain a permit by visiting the 'One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire' website at www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/.
Here are some simple safety guidelines.
Equipment Use Safety:
Burning Landscape Debris:
Vehicle Use Safety:
In addition to supporting CAL FIRE's 'One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire' campaign, PG&E recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining defensible space to slow or stop a wildfire, and to help firefighters defend property. PG&E continually monitors fuel conditions to prepare for this risk, and we work closely with public safety organizations to assist in fire response activities.