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November 10, 2015 > Diablo Fire Safe Council and PG&E help keep communities safe

Diablo Fire Safe Council and PG&E help keep communities safe

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ThatÕs why California Fire Safe Councils and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are working together to protect public safety and enhance emergency preparedness by reducing the threat of wildfires.

Over the past two years, PG&E has provided more than $7 million in funding to dozens of local Fire Safe Councils for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects in local communities.

Here in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, PG&E provided $150,000 to the Diablo Fire Safe Council. The money was used in various East Bay cities to remove dead and dying trees, prune trees and utilize chipping to reduce wildfire risk. Youth crews from Oakland and Richmond were even hired to remove brush while also learning about conservation.

El Nino may bring some drought-relief this winter, but forecasters say itÕs not enough to bust the four-year drought. Protect your home and prepare your family by creating defensible space, a wildfire action plan and assembling an emergency supply kit: http://www.diablofiresafe.org/ or http://www.cafiresafecouncil.org/.

Cheryl Miller, Diablo Fire Safe Council
Laura Wetmore, PG&E

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