PG&E Removal of Wood Debris Program from Trees Cut Down after 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fire

Landowners must opt-in to have large-diameter wood removed from their property

Landowner Opt-In Permission Form >

Critical Information you need to fill out the form:

  • Parcel APN
  • Parcel Address
  • Estimate of number of trees
  • Approximate Diameter and lengths

IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT PG&E TO CONFIRM RECIEPT, PROVIDE ACCESS CONSTRAINTS OR DETAILS, OR HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS EMAIL: wildfiresafety@pge.com – Include your Contact information, APN and Address

As part of a settlement agreement with the County of Santa Cruz related to a Public Utilities Commission complaint regarding tree removal operations by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) after the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, PG&E has agreed to remove wood debris on private property.

PG&E has begun direct outreach to affected property owners to request permission to remove the debris that PG&E and its contractors left onsite. This will be an opt-in program, the deadline to apply for which has been set at January 31, 2022. Our current records, provided by PG&E, indicate that there may be approximately 1200 impacted parcels in the CZU Burn area. We strongly encourage all those impacted to Opt-In using the form above.

According to a PG&E press release, its wood haul program “includes planning and implementation steps to ensure the safety and success of the program, such as environmental review, site visits, landowner coordination and resource management. For the safety of PG&E’s customers, communities and crews, wood management that may require additional equipment or coordination will be addressed once PG&E is able to determine a path forward.” PG&E contractor crews will perform this work weather permitting and will carry identification to provide upon request.

To make the process of participating easier, the County has provided a link (see above) to a fillable form that will be sent directly to PG&E. Customers who have questions may call PG&E directly at 1-877-295-4949.