PORTLAND, Ore. — As weather transitions to summer, Pacific Power is encouraging customers to prepare for wildfire season. Fire-weather conditions, such as severe drought combined with summer windstorms or active wildfires, could lead to safety-related power outages.
“We’re building our system to be more resilient long term – for all seasons and weather conditions – providing value to our customers for years to come,” said Curtis Mansfield, senior vice president of power and delivery. “We’re investing nearly half a billion dollars across our system in wildfire mitigation strategies over the coming years. This includes round-the-clock reporting of weather conditions; rebuilding portions of the grid with equipment upgrades; and using technology to monitor the system, while increasing inspections and vegetation maintenance on our lines.”
Even as electric providers partner with federal, state and local agencies to plan and get ready for wildfire season, preparedness is a shared responsibility. Helpful information is available to help every customer take steps to plan ahead and be ready for wildfire-related power outages.
Pacific Power invites you to learn more about its wildfire mitigation plans during a wildfire safety and preparedness webinar on June 13, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Company representatives will share progress on wildfire safety work including system hardening, enhanced vegetation management practices and expanded situational awareness. There will be a Questions & Answers session after the presentation. Questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customers can take steps to make sure that they receive wildfire-related information.
Pacific Power customers can visit pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety for resources and information including an outage preparation checklist for residential and business customers, an interactive map outlining potential public safety power shutoff areas and the company’s 2022 Wildfire Protection Plan.