Be Prepared for Possible Summer Outages

With continued hot weather, summer thunderstorms and an increasing risk of wildfires in our region, it’s important to ensure you and your family are prepared for fire-related electrical outages this summer.

Forest and rangeland fires can cause power outages, either because fire damages electrical equipment or because service must be interrupted to ensure fire crew safety. While the average Idaho Power customer is without power less than two hours per year, some outages last hours or even days.

Here are some important reminders about how to protect your health and home if electricity is suddenly unavailable:

  • Review preparedness tips at for a handy outage-kit checklist and information on how to avoid delays in getting your power restored.
  • Visit Idaho Power’s online Outage Center at
  • Write down Idaho Power’s outage line, or program it into your phone in case you need to report or check the status of an outage. Call 1-800-488-6151 (toll-free) or 208-388-2323 in the Treasure Valley.
  • Practice safety and observe rules and boundaries when using fireworks, campfires and other flammable materials.

Brad Bowlin
Communication Specialist