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FIVE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES IN THE STATE’S HISTORY BURNED BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER 2017. THIS ISN’T NORMAL. THIS IS OUR NEW NORMAL. mudslides are occurring at an increasing rate and predicted to only get worse. In fact, 2017 was the hottest year on record in California. And in February 2017, a site in Lake Tahoe recorded the highest wind speed ever in California with gusts that reached 199 mph. THE FACTS In 2017 alone, Cal Fire confronted 7,117 wildfires, compared to an average of just 4,835 during the preceding five years. Furthermore, five of the 20 most destructive wildfires in the state’s history burned between October and December. This extreme weather in our state suggests that the changing climate is producing a new normal. FIVE years of drought All of this has occurred alongside a crippling five-year drought which, coupled with a bark beetle infestation, killed 129 million trees in California. In the last five years, PG&E has invested $15 billion to enhance and strengthen our electric MILLION transmission and distribution dead trees systems. To be successful in this new normal, we must continue to work together with first responders, legislators and hottest year on record community leaders to develop practical solutions that improve Last year’s wildfires are just emergency response, increase one example of an extraordinary climate funding for first responders and invest in event becoming ordinary. California is an emergency early warning system. Most battling serious environmental problems of all, we must continue working together on every front: extreme heat, wind, tree to invest in our grid so it is ready for a mortality, drought, record flooding and changing climate. 129 2017 Find out more at pgecommitment.com. “PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. ©2018 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. All rights reserved. Paid for by PG&E shareholders. In October, conditions came together to create the perfect storm for the fires that devastated Northern California. After years of historic drought, a record number of dead trees and increased dry vegetative fuel fed extreme fires propelled by extraordinary wind gusts. Fire officials described witnessing the fire spread with a “speed and ferocity” they had never seen in their lifetimes.