SCE Wildfire Safety
California’s wildfire season is now year-round and the “new normal.” At Southern California Edison, we are doing our part to help reduce the risk of wildfires and keep the communities we serve safe from their devastating effects.
From strengthening our equipment to reducing fuel for fires, we are increasing our coordination with first responders and using innovative technologies for real-time monitoring of potential hazards.
Strengthening Our Infrastructure
To help reduce the risk of wildfires, we are replacing standard wooden poles with fire-resistant fiberglass and metal poles in high-risk areas throughout our 50,000 square miles of service territory. We are also installing fire-resistant crossarms and covered conductors to help protect the communities we serve.
Reducing Fuel for Fires
To help reduce fuel for wildfires, we have removed 40,000 dead or dying trees that have been affected by extreme drought conditions throughout our service area. We are also expanding the use of LiDAR technology so we can more precisely assess vegetation near power lines in difficult to access areas.
Increased Coordination With First Responders
We continue to work with first responders in every community we serve to plan for coordinated fire response. We work alongside firefighters during wildfires to advise on the electrical system and reduce any electrical safety risks.
Early Warning Systems and Advanced Technologies
At our 24/7 command center, meteorologists monitor real-time feeds from weather stations and remote cameras to help identify and pinpoint potential risks. Advanced analytics help us detect and repair more quickly problems with power lines. We share this real-time data with our fire agencies and first responders to help respond to wildfire risks.