Wildfire Safety

Your safety is our top concern. With special equipment and trained crews, our goal is to keep your power on and to help firefighting crews protect your community.

There are safety precautions that you too can take to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage.

Fire safe your property

  • Arrange trees/shrubs in a way that makes it difficult for fire to transfer from fuel source to fuel source.
  • Focus on the first 30-50 feet around your house – removing burnable debris such as: dried leaves, dead tree branches, even stacks of firewood
  • Consider removing wood exterior structures and installing non-combustible roofing and siding materials, such as metal, slate, or concrete.
  • Make sure rooftop gutters are clear and screened to prevent accumulation of dried debris.

Practice electrical safety

  • Check any electrical connections on your property in outbuildings or any temporary lines run to recreational vehicles. Are any wires or extension cords damaged or frayed? After a thorough inspection, take appropriate steps to reduce any risk.

Have a plan

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.         
  • Identify adequate sources of water within 1,000 feet of your home, such as a well, hydrant or swimming pool.
  • Be sure firefighters can get to your home should they need to. Keep driveway clear and accessible
  • Consult emergency preparedness resources, such as the Red Cross or Ready.gov for how best to make an emergency preparedness kit and how to design a household evacuation route

What Pacific Power does

  • We map our service area to highlight areas of elevated wildfire risk and to prioritize actions.
  • Prune vegetation to ensure clearances between energized lines and trees and around certain poles.
  • Beyond our normal preventative maintenance inspection schedule, when fires threaten our facilities we perform additional inspections either by air or ground.
  • We also perform electric stability analysis to the lines in danger, and develop plans to use alternate sources where available in maintaining continued service.