Pacific Power working to mitigate fire risk this fire season

SOUTHERN OREGON, —Utilities have often been blamed for starting some of the wests biggest fires. Now we’re learning what Pacific Power has put in place to mitigate fires this season.

Pacific Power’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan takes a look at reducing wildfire risk.

A large portion of that is system hardening. We’re told its invested half a billion dollars until 2028.

Through situational awareness it gauges where areas of elevated fire risk are.

“In Oregon that’s predominantly in southern Oregon you’re talking the Medford area, grants pass area and up into Roseburg which is identified high risk areas and this is areas that have been prioritized for this system hardening,” said Allen Berreth, Pacific Power VP of Operations.

Once the system hardening work finishes up  in the next few years, it will look to expand to other parts of its service territory.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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