With wildfires becoming more frequent and intense throughout our region, protecting the communities we serve while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. Learn more about our plans below.
In 2018 the California legislature adopted Senate Bill 901. Under SB 901, California has taken a comprehensive approach to mitigating and creating greater resilience against wildfire risks. A key element of SB 901 is in the new provisions of the California Public Utilities Code (PUC) Section 8386 which require electric utilities to develop annual wildfire mitigation plans (WMPs) to prevent, combat, and respond to wildfires within their service territories. Under PUC 8386(c), utilities must include in their WMPs statutorily prescribed content addressing a list of specific issues.
In order to implement this requirement of SB 901, the CPUC initiated a new rulemaking proceeding in October 2018, referred to as Rulemaking (R.) 18‐10‐007. In R. 18‐10‐007, the CPUC adopted a deadline of February 6, 2019, for utilities to file their initial WMPs and ordered utilities to use a uniform WMP template. PacifiCorp filed its 2020 California Wildfire Mitigation Plan on February 7, 2020.
The Wildfire Safety Division transitioned from the California Public Utilities Commission to the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety) on July 1, 2021; Energy Safety was established to ensure electrical utilities are taking effective actions to reduce utility-related wildfire risk.
For more information on utility wildfire mitigation plans, visit the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety.
PacifiCorp's 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Plan:
PacifiCorp's 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan:
PacifiCorp's 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Plan:
PacifiCorp's 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Plan:
On August 25, 2020, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) initiated an informal rulemaking process (Docket No. AR 638) to address electric utility risk-based wildfire protection plans. The rulemaking process incorporates the recommendations of the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response and the guidance issued in the Governor's Executive Order 20-04. The Pacific Power Oregon Wildfire Protection Plan specifically guides the mitigation strategies that will be deployed in Oregon, consistent with OAR 860-300-0002 effective November 30, 2021, per Order No. 21-440. These efforts are designed to reduce the probability of utility related wildfires.
For more information on utility wildfire mitigation plans and OPUC proceedings, please refer to the commission website.
In June 2020, Rocky Mountain Power filed its Wildland Fire Protection Plan with the Utah Public Service Commission, which was approved in October 2020. The plan represents the response, in Utah, to increased wildfire risk in the Western United States.
Rocky Mountain Power has closely followed the actions taken by other regional utilities and has created its own response designed to meet Utah’s specific wildfire risk profile.
The plan identifies Fire High Consequence Areas (FHCAs), which are areas where higher likelihood of wildfires coincides with population centers. In those areas it proposes enhanced environmental monitoring systems, including soil moisture monitors, enhanced vegetation management guidelines, more frequent inspections, new operational practices and extensive system hardening measures. The system hardening measures take a variety of forms, including the installation of non-combustion fuses, covered distribution lines, steel poles, fire-resistant pole wraps or coatings for wood poles, and, in certain cases, the full reconstruction of a given line.