Wildfire concerns could shutoff power

Sep 19, 2019, 4:18 PM | Updated: 4:28 pm
electricity southern Utah...
(PHOTO: Alaska fire burning near Provo, KSL TV, file)
(PHOTO: Alaska fire burning near Provo, KSL TV, file)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A new public safety measure implemented by Rocky Mountain Power may come into play for the first time.

Customers in Cedar City could temporarily be without service, but the company says it’s for the greater good.

Earlier this summer, a power shutoff protocol was initiated in areas that feature a high risk for wildfires.

Those high risks include things like strong winds, dry conditions, and heavy vegetation.

“High winds can blow debris and objects and branches into power lines,” explains company spokesperson Tiffany Erickson”That often can create a spark.”

Rocky Mountain Power spent the summer meeting with residents in high fire risk areas to educate them on the policy change.

Erickson says about 5,000 customers statewide fall into that category.

At this time, the company has yet to shutoff power due to high risk for wildfires, but current conditions in Cedar City have company leaders considering the move.

“We were looking at gusts thirty to forty miles per hour,” she explains. “Right now we have positioned crews on the ground to do on the ground observations.”

Customers in that area were notified earlier this week about the potential of this happening.

Erickson says this comes after the terrible California Wildfires, some of which have been blamed on utility companies.

“We just want to make sure that our system isn’t the cause of any of those wildfires that can be so catastrophic,” says Erickson.

Following the 2018 Camp Fire in California, Pacific Gas & Electric Company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Today’s Top Stories


President Joe Biden. He will visit Israel and Saudi Arabia in July....
Donald Judd, CNN

Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: ‘God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives’

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in Washington.
15 hours ago
On Friday, fire officials managing the Left Fork Fire announced residents of Bryce Woodlands Estate...
Mark Jones

Bryce Woodlands Estate residents allowed to return home in Kane County

Kane County emergency personnel, overseeing the Left Fork Fire, announced Friday residents of Bryce Woodlands Estate will be allowed to return home Saturday.
2 days ago
A 45-year-old mand from Sandy died in a Nevada car crash on June 14, 2022. Photo credit: Nevada Sta...
Mark Jones

Sandy man identified as individual killed in Nevada car crash

Sandy resident Gennady Sarkisov, 45, was identified Thursday by Nevada police as the individual who died in a Nevada car crash on June 14.
3 days ago
William "Frenchy" Kossman died Tuesday in a UTV accident at a worksite in Box Elder County. Photo c...
Mark Jones

Victim in Box Elder County worksite accident is identified

William Kossman was identified Thursday as the victim in a fatal UTV worksite accident n Box Elder County.
3 days ago
Gov. Cox urges safety ahead of firework sales. Photo credit: Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio....
Lindsay Aerts

‘Utah is a tinderbox.’ State fire leaders urge caution ahead of firework sales

State leaders are, again, reminding Utahans not to "burn down the state" as firework sales start Friday.
3 days ago
Lehi ban fireworks...
Mark Jones

Cities around the state announce fireworks restrictions

Fireworks restrictions have been announced by several cities around the state.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Wildfire concerns could shutoff power