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PG&E to Conduct Fire Safety Work in East Bay Regional Parks District

9/20/2019

Joint Release: East Bay Regional Park District, PG&E

Oakland, CA – As part of the Community Wildfire Safety Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is conducting electric system hardening work and vegetation work at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in Oakland.

As part of this upgrade work, a total of 13 distribution poles, spanning nearly three miles, will be replaced with harder, more fire-resistant equipment, and lines will be reconductored and insulated. Additionally, vegetation identified as hazardous due to its proximity to electrical equipment will be trimmed or removed.

The work in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is part of a larger wildfire safety project that will benefit parts of Oakland and Orinda. Helicopters, ground crews and traffic control will be present in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and other parts of East Bay Regional Park District, including Anthony Chabot Park, through the end of the year. PG&E notifies residents ahead of scheduled helicopter flights. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve will remain open and available to visitors, however there may be intermittent traffic controls when large equipment is in motion.

The project is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, implemented following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires as one of many additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risk. PG&E is conducting fire safety work throughout Northern & Central California.

For more information, visit pge.com/wildfiresafety or email PG&E at wildfiresafety@pge.com with questions about this work.

Community Wildfire Safety Program
PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program involves increasing real-time monitoring and intelligence capabilities, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and strengthening the resiliency of the electric grid to further reduce wildfire threats. More information can be found at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and pge.com/news.

The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploration.  The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.


Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor
(925) 482-7078
dmason@ebparks.org

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