Alert: Get the Latest on Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Let’s Keep Trees Away from Power Lines

Trees, shrubs, and other vegetation can cause safety hazards and power outages if they grow into or near power lines. In support of safety, we regularly trim or remove trees that are dead, dying, or diseased, or growing near or under power lines.

What is Vegetation Management

Vegetation management is a broad term that describes work we do to minimize the impact trees and vegetation have on providing safe and reliable electric service. It includes hazard tree assessments, tree pruning and removal, brush removal and weed abatement.

It is a matter of public safety and for the reliability of the power grid. California regulations require utilities to trim trees or vegetation so they don’t grow into or fall into high-voltage power lines, which could not only cause a power outage, but could spark a fire or be a danger to the public.

Contact Us About Trees and Vegetation near power lines

If you have any questions about vegetation located near SCE power lines, contact SCE Customer Support:
800-655-4555

  • Report an object caught in power lines: 1-800-611-1911
  • Report an outage: 1-800-611-1911
  • Before you dig: Call 811
  • Electrical Emergency: Call 911

Get notified about PSPS events and other outages near you.

Sign up or update your contact information to receive emails, texts or phone calls about PSPS events and other outages in your area.

SCE Trims Trees to Keep You Safe. SCE trims trees near power lines as a free service to customers to keep the public safe. Trees will be trimmed to create a minimum 12-foot clearance from a power line at the time of trim. Did you know? SCE inspects 900,000 trees every year, 400,000 in high fire risk areas. How will I know if my tree is being trimmed? A door hanger will be posted 30-45 days prior to trimming. A second door hanger will be posted 24-48 hours before trimming. Customers will be contacted in person if heavy pruning or tree removal is required. Who can I call? The door hanger will list a contact number to call to discuss the tree trimming plan for your property. For more information, visit SCE.com/safety/power-lines or call 800-655-4555.

Frequently Asked Questions