Fortifying the electric grid against the threat of wildfires has never been more important. In fact, research shows that wildfires impacted 6.6 million acres each year on average between 2018 and 2008. Over the last thirty years, the reach of wildfires in the U.S has nearly doubled.
While fires in the West have covered more acres, wildfires actually occur more frequently in the East, making wildfire mitigation strategies key to utility risk management programs across North America.
Utilities are expanding wildfire prevention efforts and seeking solutions to strengthen the electric grid while reducing the potential that any element on the system could inadvertently contribute to a wildfire event. In addition, many states and even local municipalities are developing fire-hardening legal requirements for utilities. For example, in California, recent regulations like Senate Bill 901 enhance the wildfire mitigation plans that companies must file with the state Public Utility Commission.
Utilities rely on Eaton to help modernize the electric grid and protect people, processes and the planet. Our utility equipment experts are working hand-in-hand with organizations around the U.S. to customize and deploy site-ready solutions for fire hardening.
 Source: Congressional Research Service, November 2018.
 Source: National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) cited by the Congressional Research Service.