As part of SCE’s ongoing wildfire mitigation efforts and enhanced vegetation management program, tree service contractors will be in Beaumont inspecting and trimming trees/vegetation, along identified electric circuits, between September and December of 2019. The community may notice an increased presence of SCE tree service contractors in the community. In high fire risk areas, the work includes creating a minimum 12-foot clearance at the time of trim between trees and SCE’s power lines to prevent vegetation from coming into contact with electrical equipment and potentially sparking a blaze. In addition, tall trees up to 200 feet from the wires will be assessed and may be removed if they demonstrate a high risk of falling into the lines or have vegetation like palm fronds that high winds could carry into power equipment.
Q. How will I know SCE is going to trim my trees?A. SCE conducts annual inspections of trees and vegetation near lines. If a tree is identified for “light pruning,” the customer will be notified via door hanger 30-45 days prior to maintenance. A second door hanger is provided within 24-48 hours prior to scheduled maintenance. The door hanger provides a phone number the customer can call for more information. Customers with trees that require “heavy pruning” will be contacted in person by SCE to discuss a pruning plan.
Q. What happens when you have to remove a tree?A. SCE confers with the property owner to explain the tree removal process. An SCE tree trimming crew will cut down the tree at no charge to the customer. The crew will dispose of the tree or, if the property owner chooses, cut it into firewood.
Additional FAQs regarding vegetation management can be found in a recent edition of Energized by Edison.