Dry weather forcing Avista to take precautionary measures

Staff Writer

In response to the region’s dry summer conditions and high wildfire danger, Avista is undertaking temporary changes to its power line operations.
These temporary changes are being made to decrease the potential for wildfires that could occur when re-energizing a power line. In most cases, lines located in rural and/or forested areas are normally re-energized automatically. However, 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 the distribution system to normal as soon as weather permits.