SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - PG&E is partnering with numerous fire safe councils across its service area including the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council to combat the risk of wildfires.
PG&E says it's giving $2 million to fund 43 local fire safe councils and projects in 22 counties including San Luis Obispo County. The County's Fire Safe Council is slated to receive $150,000 in funds from PG&E.
One of the projects to take place in SLO County will involve clearing the right-of-way along Parkhill Road in Santa Margarita to provide safer firefighter access in case of a fire as well as a safer evacuation route for residents.
Another project will involve removing brush along the road between Wild Cherry Canyon and Davis Peak, north of Avila Beach.
“The safety of the communities we serve is the top priority for PG&E and we are committed to supporting local wildfire prevention efforts in the SLO County area. This collaboration among PG&E, CAL FIRE and the SLO County Fire Safe Council will help ensure that the communities we serve are prepared for, and will prevent wildfires,” said Pat Mullen, director of PG&E’s Los Padres division.
The company also inspects all of its overhead electric lines and trees along power lines in high fire danger areas every year to reduce the threats of wildfires.
PG&E said this marks the fourth year the company has funded local Fire Safe Council projects to help residents protect their homes, communities and the environment from wildfire.