Aerial Covered Conductor Systems as a Wildfire Mitigation Tool

Oct. 4, 2023
Utilities across western North America are under siege from wildfires. Bare wire offers minimal fire protection and undergrounding is exorbitantly expensive. Covered Conductor systems offer the most cost-effective mitigation strategy possible.

Utilities across the western portion of North America are being affected by and, in some cases, causing, wildfires at an increasing rate. This paper will describe the installation of power lines in wildfire prone areas, and how these wildfires are initiated. Discussed will be some fire-related characteristics of bare wire and underground systems, fire mitigation techniques offered by both Spacer Cable and Tree Wire Systems, and the effectiveness of various fire mitigation strategies as evidenced through lab and field testing.

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