Why Being Firewise Can Help Protect Electrical Service


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A wildfire can cause devastation to one's property, but extreme fires and weather can also threaten electrical service.

These types of situations can harm idaho power equipment and cause outages.

Officials with Idaho Power say smoke can affect power lines and fire can burn through poles or impact substations.

So around certain structures, the company applies a vegetation buffer by using herbicide and eliminating high–fuel vegetation.

In turn, this prevents fires from increasing in size or damaging poles or substations.

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