Over the last decade, the frequency and severity of catastrophic fires in California has increased exponentially. In 2020, California, Oregon and Washington all saw one of the most active and damaging wildfire seasons in history. 2020 was the largest wildfire season in California’s modern history with five of the six largest wildfires. The portion of PG&E’s service territory classified as being at an elevated risk of wildfire has grown from around 15% to over 50% in the past decade.
Although risk factors have increased dramatically in the last decade, PG&E has made great efforts and progress in reducing the number and duration of PSPS events. As every wildfire season is different, the number of customers impacted, and the size and length of PSPS events will continue to be driven by weather, location, and our commitment to keeping our customers safe.
For more information, visit our Why PSPS Events Occur page.