Nevada Energy has announced an innovative way to slow down fast moving forest fires and thereby avoid the destruction of homes and farm buildings, power lines and equipment. To the extent big fires create big winds and distant trees far ahead are swinging and swaying back and forth causing flaming powerline eruptions, Nevada Energy has come up with an idea – rather than burning down the forest with live power wires, they’ll just turn the power off in those areas so there are no sparks and flames to worry about. NV Energy calls it the Public Safety Outage Management Program – or PSOM for short.
NV Energy has been considering expanding such fire prevention arrangements as already exist in the Lake Tahoe and Mt. Charleston areas. And NV Energy has announced they’re going to expand the program due to growing populations in and around urban areas.
NV Energy’s PSOM program identifies vulnerable outlying areas where people have migrated to so they can notify and be notified quickly in advance of an oncoming fire.
NV Energy issued a promise lately to inspect and replace power poles in wildland areas along with working more closely with rural fire departments to remove grass, brush and other vegetation underneath the power lines. NV Energy will also install wildfire alert cameras and weather stations to improve awareness of what is (or isn’t) happening along the power line routes. NV Energy also said they’ll do a detailed inventory of their tools in the field and high technology potential to help further strengthen equipment performance, efficiency and safety.