Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember –Devastation from California’s wildfires has reached an all-time high in recent years. In 2020 alone, over 4 million acres burned in 9,600 fires, claiming 31 lives. The economic costs to homeowners, utilities, ratepayers, insurers, and local governments has been catastrophic.
While local utility infrastructure has accounted for less than ten percent of wildfires in California’s history, downed power lines have been responsible for about half of California’s most destructive fires. As a result, the California Public Utilities Commission granted electric utility companies the authority to shut off power during excessive wind or heat events in the interest of preventing wildfires. As many of us are well aware, these Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) have become increasingly common in our region during extreme Santa Ana winds.
Wildfires result in lost lives, economic devastation, and massive property loss. I also know that for many in our community public safety power shutoffs are extremely disruptive, costly, and in many cases, dangerous to those who rely on electricity for their health and safety.
When these planned outages do occur, here are some resources that may help you prepare:
Preventing wildfires remains one of my top priorities as your Representative.
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