Texas A&M Forest Service
By late morning on Feb. 29, the fires in the Texas Panhandle had crossed into Oklahoma and grown larger than Rhode Island.

Xcel Told of Potential Exposure to Texas Wildfire Damages

Feb. 29, 2024
A law firm has asked the parent of Southwestern Public Service Co. to preserve a fallen pole.

The leaders of Xcel Energy Inc. said Feb. 29 they have received a letter raising the possibility that one of its poles contributed to the Smokehouse Creek Fire raging across the Texas Panhandle.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Xcel officials said a law firm representing several property owners in the area has asked them to preserve a fallen pole belonging to Xcel subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. because it went down “within the vicinity of the fire’s potential area of origin.”

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