Map of Phase 1 fire safety outage area
2021 Phase 1 Area
Wildfire risk studies consistently identify the Lake Wenatchee, Plain and Chumstick Highway as the highest-risk areas in Chelan County. We may expand this plan to other high-risk areas in Chelan County as needed in the future.
The area includes about 3,500 electrical service meters and 250 wastewater customers, including:
- Lake Wenatchee, Kahler Glen to White River
- Coles Corner to Nason Creek, Merritt and Stevens Pass
- Plain, Chiwawa Loop Road, River Road, Ponderosa, Shugart Flats
- Chumstick Highway from the 7-mile marker (about 1 mile after Clark Canyon)
Fire Safety Outage Conditions
Throughout the summer, the PUD will monitor the weather forecasts using data from the Forest Service, state Department of Natural Resources and other weather-monitoring services. We will track several factors, including predicted wind gusts, humidity, fuel moisture and potential fire behavior.
Wind speed is one of the most important factors for a fire safety outage, because wind-blown branches and trees are one of the biggest threats to overhead power lines. The kind of conditions when we would consider a fire safety outage include wind speeds of 40 miles per hour or more.
The conditions that trigger a fire safety outage are different and generally more severe than those that would issue a red flag warning. Red flag warnings are expected several times every year. We’ve studied historical weather data, and the kind of conditions that may lead to a fire safety outage occur about every 3-5 years.
If we must use a fire safety outage, we will notify our customer-owners as soon as possible, ideally 48 hours in advance.
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