Wildfire safety planning & mitigation efforts

Learn about our tree-trimming and vegetation removal efforts in parts of Clackamas County

Safety is critical to everything we do at PGE. That’s why, throughout the year, we routinely inspect our equipment and trim and remove vegetation along power line rights of way. This helps us deliver safe, reliable power to you and your neighbors by preventing downed lines and outages.

With hotter, dryer summers becoming more common, wildfire risk is increasing. While contact with electrical equipment is just one potential cause of wildfires, we are doing our part to help reduce the risk of fire in the communities we serve. We are expanding our tree maintenance program to clear overgrown, dead, dying and diseased trees and to keep a safe distance between our equipment and surrounding vegetation. In some cases we are replacing or modifying equipment to improve safety.

In advance of this work, we have coordinated with the U.S. Forest Service, local fire districts and emergency responders to share information about our activities, and coordinate responses and public information in the event of an incident.

In the next few weeks, you may see PGE inspection crews and contractors checking on our equipment in the area. They will not interrupt your electric service and they will not need to enter your residence. In some cases, crews may need to enter your yard to properly view overhead lines and inspect and treat any wooden utility poles that may be on your property. You may notice crews hammering on poles to check for unseen decay and other damage. This inspection program is key to maintaining the integrity and safety of our poles.

Construction Details:

Many of our power line rights of way are located along one-lane roads heading in and out of mountain communities. For safety purposes, we will have intermittent road closures while accessing these sites with large vehicles.

Our crews will make every effort to clean up debris and minimize any disruptions which may occur throughout the summer, especially when removing hazardous trees. We appreciate your patience when traveling through work zones. Please remember to stay clear of crew operations.

We anticipate working Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. While tree trimming is expected to continue into the fall, our efforts are restricted when wildfire risk levels increase. Crews may need to work on Saturdays in preparation for the hotter summer months.

Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure safe, reliable power. If you have any questions about this project, please call 503-612-3730. We’re here to help.

Para obtener información en español, por favor llame al 503-612-3730.