PG&E Debris Removal Program: Cleaning up Victims' Properties or PG&E's Image?

Butte Fire victims are just now getting a letter from PG&E offering to clean up some of the woody debris left from the fire.  Sounds good, but is it really?  Here are some of the concerns: 

  • No details.  We’ve been asking PG&E since October to let us see the forms they want the residents to sign before getting the work done.  It still hasn’t shown us.  All we've seen is a “Notice of Work” form.  What’s the big secret?  Why can’t the victims’ attorneys see the documents PG&E wants the victims to sign?
  • Impossibly short opt-in deadline.  Property owners must opt-in by December 31.  That's too short a time frame for owners to obtain advice on what to do.  After all this time, if the offer is legit, what's the rush?
  • Ulterior Motive?  PG&E's form asks the owner to initial and agree to PG&E’s inventory of the number of the trees they remove, as well as the trees' size.  Why? Is PG&E trying to get victims to agree with their count of the dead trees, to use later against the property owners in lawsuits?
  • Double talk.  PG&E’s brochure states that a tree qualifies for removal if, for example, the tree "is reasonably accessible by equipment/machinery".  Does that mean  it will remove all tree debris of any size that is "reasonably accessible by equipment/machinery"? "Reasonable" to whom? And accessible to what type of equipment or machinery?
  • PG&E keeps the value:  PG&E wants to take the trees, but not pay for them.  Rather, PG&E says that the wood it will haul away is to be considered "donated."  PG&E is a billion dollar corporation.  Why does it need the fire victims to donate to it?

While PG&E's public relations team may be trying to boost its good will among the residents of Calveras and Butte County, it may also be trying to limit what it will have to pay property owners going forward.

 

PG&E Debris Removal letter

PG&E Tree Inspection and Removal Continues

An Updated PG&E  Tree Removal  Plan for the Week of 12/14/15- 12/20/15.

ACRT, Inc. re-inspection continues in the following areas:

 


  • Jesus Maria Rd
  • Ponderosa Way
  • Worden Rd
  • Hwy 26
  • Whiskey Slide 
  • East Murray Creek
  • Railroad Flat Rd
  • Avenue A
  • Mountain Ranch Rd

Four new areas appear on the re-inspection list this week: 

  • Green Ranch Rd
  • Michel Rd
  • Old Gulch Rd
  • Lucky Jim Rd

 

Tree removal will take place in these areas:


Mokelumne Hill

  • Baker Riley Rd
  • Diamond Lane
  • Doster Rd
  • East Murray Creek
  • Electra Rd
  • Flat Gulch Rd
  • Hwy 26
  • Indian Gulch Rd
  • Jesus Maria Rd
  • Kerstan Lane
  • Lower Dorray Rd
  • Lower Gulch Rd
  • Music Gulley Rd
  • Old Gambetta Rd
  • Old Gambetta Trl
  • Old Greek Mine Rd
  • Ponderosa Wy
  • Sierra Oaks Lane

Mountain Ranch:

  • Avenue A
  • 3 Mile Ln
  • 44 Ranch Rd
  • Garabaldi St
  • Cilenti Ranch Rd
  • Doster Rd
  • East Murray CreeK
  • El Dorado Trl
  • Emigrant Ct
  • Francine Ct
  • Green Ranch Rd
  • Hwy 26
  • Loma Serena Rd
  • Murray Dale Ln
  • Nikki Trail
  • Old Emigrant Trail W
  • Pine Ridge Rd
  • Ponderosa Wy
  • Railroad Flat
  • RailRoad Flat Rd
  • Rodesino Rd
  • Salamander Gulch
  • Sierra Vista Way
  • Spring Lake Rd
  • Storey Rd
  • Struckman Rd
  • Swiss Ranch rd
  • Washington St
  • Wendell Rd
  • West Murray Creek
  • Whiskey Slide
  • Whiskey Slide Rd
  • Worden Rd
  • Mountain Ranch Rd

Sheep Ranch:

 

  • Eagleview Dr
  • Calaveras Rd
  • Eagleview Dr
  • Ham Luddy Rd
  • Lakeside Dr
  • Live Oak Lane
  • Oakridge Rd
  • Skyview Ct
  • Sugar pine Rd
  • Sun Rd
  • Sheep Ranch/Mountain Ranch
  • Hidden Valley Rd
  • Sheep Ranch Rd
  • Railroad Flat Rd


If your property is located in any of these areas and has power lines across it, be sure photographs have been taken of the area before trees are felled and removed.

 

 

 

 

PG&E's Updated Tree Cutting Schedule

On November 25, PG&E announced further tree cutting work.  From November 28-December 12, PG&E will send ACRT, Inc.to pre-inspect and repatrol these areas.

Mokelumne Hill:

Jesus Maria Rd
Ponderosa Way
Worden Rd
Hwy 26

Mountain Ranch:
Whiskey Slide

East Murray Creek

Avenue A
Mountain Ranch Rd
Railroad Flat Rd

Sheep Ranch:

Railroad Flat Rd

PG&E's tree cutting schedule from November 28- December 12 will include these areas.

Mokelumne Hill:

Jesus Maria Rd
Baker Riley Rd
Old Gambetta Rd
Doster Rd
East Murray Creek
Old Greek Mine Rd
Buttondown Lane
Rainbow Rd
Upper Dorray Rd.
Lower Dorray Rd
Electra Rd
Flat Gulch Rd
Lower Gulch Rd
Diamond Lane
Old Gambetta Trl
Ponderosa Wy
Hwy 26
Sierra Oaks Lane

Mountain Ranch:

RailRoad Flat Rd
El Dorado Trl
Sierra Vista Way
West murray Creek
East Murray Cree
Whiskey Slide
Green Ranch Rd
Pine Ridge Rd
Struckman Rd
Emigrant Ct
Avenue A
3 Mile Ln
Rodesino Rd
Carabaldi St
Washington St
Old Emigrant Trail W
Hwy 26
Cedar Way
Spring Lake Rd
Cilenti Ranch Rd
Loma Serena Rd
Swiss Ranch Rd
Worden Rd
Francine Ct
44 Ranch Rd
Ponderosa Wy
Storey Rd
Wendell Rd
Hidden Valley Rd
Sheep Ranch Rd

Sheep Ranch:

Eagleview Dr
Cave City Rd
Sun Rd
Ham Luddy Rd
Skyview Ct
Lakeside Dr
Sugar Pine Rd
Eagleview Dr
Live Oak Lane
Oakridge Rd
Calaveras Rd 

Railroad Flat Rd
Hidden Valley Rd
Sheep Ranch Rd

PG&E Property Re-inspection and Further Tree Removal

PG&E has released a schedule for re-Inspection of Butte Fire properties and for further tree removal.  Unfortunately the timeline for the work is so broad as to be useless as a planning tool for residents.  

Butte fire

At seemingly arbitrary times and at the whim of the contractors over the next 10 days, PG&E may show up on victims' properties per the schedule below:

 

 

PG&E will be re-inspecting trees in the following areas:

   
Jesus Maria Rd Mokelumne Hill
Ponderosa Way Mokelumne Hill
Upper Dorray Rd Mountain Ranch
Worden Rd Mokelumne Hill
Hwy 26 Mokelumne Hill
Electra Rd Mokelumne Hill
Whiskey Slide Mountain Ranch
East Murray Creek Mountain Ranch
Doster Rd Mountain Ranch
Green Ranch Rd Mountain Ranch
Railroad Flat Rd Mountain Ranch/ Sheep Ranch
Fricot City Rd Sheep Ranch
Hidden Valley Rd Mountain Ranch/ Sheep Ranch
Old Gulch Rd Mountain Ranch

 

PG&E will be removing trees in the following areas: 

 

Jesus Maria Rd Mokelumne Hill
Baker Riley Rd Mokelumne Hill
Old Gambetta Rd Mokelumne Hill
Creations Way Mokelumne Hill
Potteroff Rd Mokelumne Hill
Doster Rd Mokelumne Hill
East Murray Creek Mokelumne Hill
Old Greek Mine Rd Mokelumne Hill
Shine Way Mokelumne Hill
Buttondown Lane Mokelumne Hill
Rainbow Rd Mokelumne Hill
West murray Creek Mountain Ranch
East Murray Creek Mountain Ranch
 Whiskey Slide Mountain Ranch
Green Ranch Rd Mountain Ranch
Old Emigrant Trail W Mountain Ranch
Hwy 26 Mountain Ranch
Fricot City Rd Sheep Ranch
Hidden Valley Rd Sheep Ranch/ Mountain Ranch
Rich Gulch Rd Mountain Ranch
Railroad Flat rd Mountain Ranch/ Sheep Ranch
Cedar Way Mountain Ranch
Eagleview Dr Moutain Ranch
Jesus Maria Rd Mokelumne Hill
Lower Dorray Rd Mokelumne Hill
Electra Rd Mokelumne Hill
Railroad Flat Mountain Ranch
Sheep Ranch Rd Sheep Ranch/ Mountain Ranch
Sun Rd Sheep Ranch
Ham Luddy Rd Sheep Ranch
Skyview Ct Sheep Ranch
Jesus Maria Rd Mokelumne Hill
Old Gambetta Trl Mokelumne Hill
Worden Rd Mountain Ranch
Ponderosa Wy Mokelumne Hill
Hwy 26 Mokelumne Hill
Francine Ct Mountain Ranch
44 Ranch Rd Mountain Ranch
Ponderosa Wy Mountain Ranch
Whiskey Slide Rd Mountain Ranch
 Ponderosa Way Mountain Ranch
Storey Rd Mountain Ranch
Green Hills Rd Mountain Ranch