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PG&E Establishes Additional Base Camp to Support Mendocino Complex Fires; Receives Mutual Aid Crews


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today established an additional
operations base camp in Lakeport to support emergency response and
restoration and repair efforts in response to the Mendocino Complex
fires burning in Mendocino and Lake Counties. PG&E's first priority is
the safety of customers, employees, contractors and the communities it

PG&E opened a base camp in Redding on July 30 to support some 750
employees, contractor personnel and mutual aid responders for its
restoration and repair efforts for the Carr Fire in Shasta County.

The additional base camp gives the company a forward presence in
impacted communities to improve the speed of response and restoration
and allows effective coordination with first responders. It also
provides lodging, showers and meals for over 500 employees, contractors
and mutual aid personnel from other utility partners from across the
nation. These personnel support first responders and local agencies and
will repair damaged infrastructure and restore service when it is safe
to do so.

With the extent of damage from the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex
Fires, PG&E requested mutual aid from sister energy companies in the
region. Thus far, over 100 personnel from other companies have responded
to the request for additional assistance:

  • Avista Corp (to Redding)
  • Clark Public Utilities (to Redding)
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (to Redding)
  • Imperial Irrigation District (to Lakeport)
  • Snohomish County PUD (to Lakeport)
  • Tillamook People's Utility District (to Lakeport)
  • Liberty Utilities (to Lakeport)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (to Lakeport)
  • Southern California Edison (to Lakeport)

PG&E's Emergency Operations Center at its San Francisco headquarters and
its Gas Emergency Center in San Ramon are continuing to support the
company's response efforts in both the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires.
Additionally, PG&E's new Wildfire
Safety Operations Center
 is fully staffed and continues to monitor
active fires as well as other potential fire threats and weather
conditions across PG&E's service area in real time.

"PG&E was proud to provide employees and equipment to support our
utility partners in Florida and Puerto Rico after last year's
hurricanes. In turn, we are incredibly grateful for the mutual aid being
provided by our sister utilities to help us deal with the new normal and
the impacts of extreme weather events and wildfires, and to assist us
with our repair and restoration efforts," said Barry Anderson, PG&E vice
president of Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management.

PG&E has a plan to deal with these situations and wants customers to be
prepared and have plans, too. PG&E asks customers to take five minutes
and update their contact info at
so they can be reached if necessary. To report a downed power line or a
gas smell, customers should get to a safe place and call 911 or PG&E at

In March, PG&E launched its Community
Wildfire Safety Program
to implement additional precautionary
measures intended to reduce the risk of wildfire threats and strengthen
communities for the future. In addition to establishing its new Wildfire
Safety Operations Center, PG&E:

  • Added
    more than 50 new weather stations
     – with a total of around 200
    planned in 2018 – to provide improved awareness of fire danger
    conditions and better predict where a wildfire could occur.
  • Enhanced vegetation management in high fire-threat areas to meet new
    state vegetation and fire safety standards and create safe space
    between trees, limbs and power lines.
  • Alerted
    more than 570,000 homes and businesses
     served by electric lines in
    extreme-fire threat areas that PG&E may have to shut off power for
    public safety if extreme fire danger conditions occur, as a last

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
(NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities 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

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