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PSE introduces wildfire safety – Power lines to be shut off during extreme fire risk!

Credit: The JOLT News

Puget Sound Energy introduces wildfire safety initiative

Power lines to be shut off during extreme fire risk weather conditions.

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) representatives discussed the company’s Wildfire Program and a new initiative, Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), with the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) at a meeting yesterday.

“Over the past decade, wildfires have become a significant public health and safety concern for much of the western United States,” said Puget Sound Energy Senior Local Government Affairs Representative Kristine Rompa.

“As the state’s largest utility, PSE is taking a comprehensive approach to decrease the risk of wildfires. We are working to balance safety and the reliable delivery of energy to our communities,” Rompa added.

PSE’s wildlife program has elements relevant to measures taken before, during, and after calamities.

Wildfire Program

The first element of PSE’s Wildfire Program is situational awareness, wherein the facility evaluates the condition of the system and its environment.

“We monitor the condition of our electric system and the environment around it using risk modeling, real-time fire weather monitoring, field technologies, and pre-wildfire season inspections. These methods allow us to accurately assess the risk of wildfire in our region,” said Rompa.

The second element, grid hardening, maintains and improves current infrastructure. This can include enhanced vegetation, management in wildfire-prone areas, installing tree wires, and strategic undergrounding (relocating power lines underground).

The third element consists of operational procedures, including prevention measures and response activities for the electric system’ operation during elevated wildfire risk.

Lastly, community engagement is also part of the PSE’s wildfire program.


+ The JOLT News: Wildfire season: Puget Sound Energy seeks to prepares customers with open-house events – Thurston County residents can go in person to the open house at the Griffin Fire Department on May 21 anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be no formal presentation.

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