Are You Ready for the 2018 Fire Season?


Did you know PG&E has announced plans to shut off up to 500,000 customer’s power during high-risk fires?

If you’re a Northern California homeowner, like me, you’re already aware that the 2018 fire season has started early. The Pawnee Fire in Lake County broke out Saturday evening and has forced 3,000 residents to evacuate their homes. As of this morning (Tuesday, June 26, 2018), the fire is 5% contained, 22 structures have been lost and 11,500 Acres have been scorched.

After the 2017 Northern California wildfires, homeowners in the affected areas need a solution to ensure the safety of their families and homes. Scott Mclean, Deputy Chief of Cal Fire, states via the New York Times that “The new normal is already here. We don’t even use ‘new’ anymore,” Mr. McLean said. “It’s the reality. The fire season is expanding. The weather has changed. We don’t even consider it a fire season anymore. In Southern California especially, it’s year-round.”

PG&E quietly announced that “for public safety, it may be necessary for us to temporarily turn off electricity to neighborhoods or communities in high fire-threat areas when extreme fire danger conditions occur.” While PG&E is committed to safely and diligently maintain power to their customers, it still will not guarantee power to their homes.

ElectrIQ Power’s IQ System was specifically designed to ensure that homeowners have power even during these long power outages. Unlike a generator, which is noisy and requires maintenance and fuel, the IQ System, when paired with solar, can provide a continuous power supply indefinitely. If you’re looking to keep your power on this season, learn about the benefits of energy storage today.

See if you may be affected by the fires using the following resources:

PG&E Fire Map
California Public Utilities Company (CPUC) fire map
Google 2018 Statewide Incidents Map