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NorthWestern Energy is ready for wildfire season – are you?
NorthWestern Energy has an active wildfire mitigation program that includes hazard tree removal and adding special equipment to our lines to prevent sparks in high-risk areas.
The majority of our power lines are in rural or sub-rural areas where there are fewer than 24 customers per mile. In the past decade, we have focused on strengthening our electric system, so it’s less likely spark wildfires. We use extensive data sets to determine which stretches of power lines are highest risk, and then install special equipment in those areas, such as spark arresting technology or switches that clear faults quickly.
One way we prevent wildfires is to remove danger and hazard trees – trees that could contact an electric line when they fall. While we have been working for several years to remove hazard trees, it will take several passes to clear Rights of Way to the levels that remove all risk from falling trees. We are proud of what we have accomplished to date, but it is hard to quantify the fires that have been prevented through these efforts.