Avista changes procedures to lessen fire dangers

Staff Writer

As part of Avista’s operations approach to proactively mitigate wildfire risk, the company is undertaking temporary changes to power line operations in its Northern Washington and Idaho service areas in and around Deer Park, Colville, Davenport, Othello, Spokane, Sandpoint, Kellogg, St. Maries and Coeur d’Alene. The precautions are due to dry summer conditions and high wildfire danger in the region.
Temporary changes are being made to decrease the potential for wildfires that could occur when re-energizing a power line. In most cases, under normal conditions, lines located in rural and/or forested areas are re-energized automatically.
Also during the current dry weather conditions, Avista’s line personnel will physically patrol an outage area before a line is placed back into service. This temporary change in operations could lead to longer outage times.
Avista will return power line operations to normal as soon as weather permits.