WILDFIRE

Iron County could see power outages to prevent wildfires

Jun 16, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: Jun 17, 2022, 10:27 am

power lines could be shut down because of the heat and high winds...

High-voltage power lines run adjacent to solar and wind energy projects north of Milford, Beaver County, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

IRON COUNTY, Utah — Rocky Mountain Power is warning customers in central and southern Utah that they could be looking at power outages in the next couple of days because of extreme heat, gusting winds and other wildfire risks.

Power outages in southern Utah

The company says it will make the decision to turn the power off proactively if needed.

The worst risk is expected between Friday and Sunday in and around Iron County.

“Our system is built to withstand most weather events, but extreme weather is unpredictable and can cause damage in any season,” said Curt Mansfield, Rocky Mountain Power’s senior vice president of power delivery in a news release. “Public safety is our highest priority, and we stand prepared to take measures to reduce the chance of a wildfire.”

For additional information on wildfire mitigation practices, click here

Northern Utah

Rocky Mountain Power also says that many communities in northern Utah are forecasted to experience high winds. These winds could cause service interruptions.

If an outage occurs, Rocky Mountain Powers says restoration time could be longer than normal as crews inspect lines and equipment.

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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Iron County could see power outages to prevent wildfires