Wildfire Safety

With wildfires becoming more widespread and frequent throughout the communities we serve we want to share what we are doing and some recommended actions you can take too.

Personal Preparation

Wildfire preparation is something we are all working on together. Here are some things you can do to prepare.

CPI Preparation

CPI operational procedures include plans to mitigate wildfires throughout our service area. This is especially important with longer dry periods, temperature extremes and reporting by the media of significant fires.

CPI’s standard practice is to construct, operate and maintain its infrastructure in a manner that minimizes the risk of a wildfire posed by its electrical system.

Our Wildfire Mitigation Plan focuses on three main components; vegetation management, system coordination and system hardening. The plan uses a systematic approach to implement immediate, short and long term actions and documents these activities for future reference. Click here for a copy of CPI’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan.

Vegetation Management

  • We continue our rotation of right-of-way tree trimming, mowing and herbicide application. Click here for more information on tree trimming practices and locations.
  • Inspect power lines by air and ground, especially in high risk fire locations.
  • Conduct hazard tree and vegetation assessments outside of existing right-of-way locations.

System Coordination

  • Intensify system monitoring and coordination on extreme weather days. This includes reconfiguring automatic settings requiring personnel to visit the site, and visually inspect the equipment and surrounding area prior to reenergizing. This can result in longer outages, but will help prevent a potential wildfire.
  • Review fire level ratings daily in each area that we serve.
  • Continuing partnerships with groups like the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, local tribes, state and county governments and emergency responders to coordinate wildfire responses and keep the public informed if incidents occur.

System Hardening

  • Selectively replace poles in areas of high fire risk with fire resistant poles.
  • Continue to maintain existing infrastructure and replace aging equipment.
  • Strategically convert overhead power lines to underground in high risk areas.

With this plan CPI is well positioned to limit a potential wildfire in the areas that we serve to help keep our communities safe.