Transmission Testing and Fire Protection

What & Why

A Chelan County PUD contractor will be performing routine maintenance and fire protection work by testing, clearing combustible materials and applying a fire retardant paint to the electrical transmission throughout the county. This program helps protect the electrical system from fires and extends the life expectancy of the PUD wood poles.

When & What to Expect

  • Work will take place on the transmission poles throughout the county.
  • You may see the contractor crew working in your area, and the crew may need to access transmission poles on or near your property.
  • For poles that require testing, crews will dig approximately 18 inches deep around each pole, drill holes into the pole, inspect the pole, then replace the dirt.
  • For poles that will have paint applied, crews will dig approximately 6 inches around each pole, and apply the fire retardant paint about six feet up each pole, then replace the dirt.
  • Work will begin in early April and continue for approximately 2 months.
  • Working hours are generally Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • We do not anticipate any traffic impacts while this work is happening.
Photo of fire retardant paint on PUD wood poles