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Pacific Power makes plans for Wildfire Season

Pacific Power has protocols to shut down power in California in certain weather conditions as a preventive measure.

Posted: May 16, 2019 5:27 PM
Updated: May 16, 2019 5:56 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The senior communication representive at Pacific Power says crews are working with stakeholder groups and Governor Brown to enhance wildfire response across the state. There's a mitigation plan for each state.

For Oregon, Pacific Power is adopting a wildfire safety plan. It takes a multi-faceted approach that includes active monitoring of the grid, monitoring forecasted and current weather conditions, satellite imaging, enhanced facility and equipment inspections and increased vegetation management, according to the company.

For California, Pacific Power has protocols in place. It plans to shut down power supply to specific areas when certain hazardous conditions are met in order to prevent fires. This is called a "public safety power shutoff," a last line of defence.

Now, Pacific Power says it is working on a community outreach and education campaign specific to wildfire safety and preparedness. The campaign launches in June and they’ve been working with fire agencies.

One local firefighter, Juliet Grable, says she's recently worked with Pacific Power after responding to a small power line fire.

"Pacific Power has been very responsive. Anytime we’ve had an outage, which I would say is most often caused by a tree falling on the line, they’ve taken care of it as quickly as possible,” said Grable.

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