In response to dry summer conditions and high fire danger in the region, Avista is undertaking temporary changes to power line operations in its Washington and Idaho service area.
These temporary changes are being made to decrease the potential for fires that could occur when re-energizing a power line in an unknown condition. These lines, typically those located in rural and/or forested areas, are normally re-energized automatically. Instead, line personnel will physically patrol the outage area before the line is placed back into service.
These changes are not guaranteed to eliminate a fire. The changes to Avista’s rural/forested lines may result in some additional outages, and if an outage does occur it could take longer to re-energize the line and restore power to customers.
Avista will return the distribution system to normal as soon as weather permits. Avista appreciates the patience and understanding of its customers during this time.