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Fire Mitigation for Distribution: Achieve Quick Progress With Advanced Technology Solutions

April 25, 2023
This paper describes strategies and technologies designed to minimize or even prevent the threat of electric power-induced fires. These solutions are focused on distribution protection equipment that can be quickly applied to high fire risk areas.

In recent years, the electrical power system has increasingly been the source of wildfire ignition. Environmental factors (e.g., climate change, increased temperatures, dry air and land, and high winds) combined with the arcs generated by electric power system equipment significantly increase the risk of wildfire. To ensure public safety, it is vital to plan, prepare and identify solutions for fire mitigation. Electric utilities implement fire mitigation strategies during high fire risk conditions through preventive maintenance, strategic operational practices, enhanced system protection and system hardening.

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