PG&E is hosting a virtual webinar on wildfire safety. Here’s how to attend.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will host a wildfire safety webinar for its customers on Wednesday.

The event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will focus on the utility’s plans for 2022.

“PG&E experts will give a brief presentation, after which attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions,” a press release read.

Customers can access the meeting via a link at pge.com/firesafetywebinars.

Topics include PG&E’s wildfire prevention efforts, resources to assist customers and communications before, during and after wildfire safety outages, and enhancements and updates to PG&E technology and security tools.

Last year, PG&E officials announced that the utility had begun burying 10,000 miles of its power lines in an effort to prevent fires.

Additionally, the utility has implemented preemptive power outages when weather conditions indicate an increased potential for wildfires.

In recent years, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has blamed PG&E for starting a series of fires, including the 2018 Butte County Campfire that killed 85 people and destroyed the most of the city of Paradise.

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In April, the Shasta County District Attorney and four other counties announced a settlement with PG&E regarding the utility company’s liability in the 2021 Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in history. from California.

The Dixie Fire burned 963,309 acres and destroyed 1,329 structures before being fully contained on October 25.

Earlier this summer, PG&E pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges it faces after its equipment sparked the Zogg Fire that killed four people and destroyed homes in Shasta County in 2020.

Shasta and Tehama counties have already settled a civil lawsuit with PG&E to recover about $12.3 million in costs the two counties say they incurred as a result of the Zogg fire.

PG&E warns customers against the scam

PG&E officials said in recent weeks they had received dozens of scam reports involving utility imposters demanding payment of a SmartMeter deposit to avoid being disconnected.

“The scammers contact customers via email and phone, falsely telling them that their meter needs to be replaced and that immediate payment of a deposit is required to avoid disconnection,” PG&E said in a press release.

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The utility advises customers who receive a call to hang up and call PG&E at 1-833-500-7226 or log into their account at PGE.com to confirm their account balance.

“PG&E will never ask you for your financial information over the phone or email, nor will we request payment via prepaid debit cards or other payment services like Zelle,” said Joe Wilson, vice president. regional PG&E North Valley and Sierra, in The version.

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