Protecting Poles from Wildfire Cuts Costs, Improves Reliability

As temperatures increase, so does the risk of wildfire. In the past, energy companies have lost up to 60 percent of their wooden power poles in areas burned by fire. Idaho Power follows a two-step process known as pole clearing, to protect wooden poles from fire. The first step is to clear brush away from the pole. The second is to treat the ground every 10 years to keep those plants — and potential fuel — from growing back.

Protecting poles in fire-prone areas reduces the cost of replacement, improves reliability and reduces the impact to the environment caused by heavy equipment needed to replace damaged poles.

Learn more in this video on Idaho Power’s YouTube channel.

Sven Berg
Communications Specialist