SDG&E crews mitigate damage during a wildfire. Photo: SDG&E
Private Partnerships Winning at Reducing Risk
Serving 3.4 million people in south Orange and San Diego Counties in California, San Diego Gas & Electric is no stranger to wildland fire issues. In 2003, the company sustained $30 million in damage to their power lines and infrastructure from wildfire. In 2007, investigators found SDG&E equipment was responsible for three wildfires. As a result, SDG&E started a fire prevention and protection program that has grown into a proactive vegetation managment model for company and community success.
In partnership with local fire departments, Cal Fire and local Tribes, SDG&E is reducing risk with fuel breaks and prescribed fire around communities and power line corridors. They are most proud of their work within communities and have donated $900,000 to communities and local Fire Safe Councils for emergency response teams, community projects and wildfire prevention and education efforts. SDG&E also provides a Type 1 helicopter and 10 Type 6 engines to support interagency response efforts in the region. Full article here.