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Wildfire safety

Wildfire safety.

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Wildfire preparation protects you, the community and first responders. That’s why we work year-round to prepare for wildfires. See how you can also prepare and what we can do together to keep our communities safe.
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Prepare for wildfire fire season


  • Vegetation/Trash
    • Mow grass and weeds. Thin and prune trees and shrubs. Throw trash away properly.
    • Make sure there is no vegetation around poles or other electrical equipment on your property. Download our helpful graphic for managing vegetation to learn more.
  • Emergency Plan
    • Sign up for emergency alerts through local resources and visit wildlandfirersg.org to create a preparedness plan.
  • Resources
    • Have flashlights, batteries, a portable cell phone charger and extra water on hand.
  • Downed Power Lines
    • Stay at least 100 feet away and call 911 first, then APS at 602-258-5483 (800-253-9408).
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During high-risk conditions


 

When the risk of fire is higher, we take extra steps to reduce the threat of wildfires. These extra precautions could result in longer than usual outage times.

  • Power lines and other equipment may be temporarily taken out of service to protect firefighters
  • Protocols that could potentially prolong outages in order to protect the community and first responders may need to be followed during high risk conditions

We appreciate your understanding as we work together to protect you, your community and first responders during wildfire season.

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Fire mitigation


 

Our fire mitigation efforts include:

  • Maintain safe clearances along 11,000+ miles of distribution lines and 6,000+ miles of transmission lines to reduce wildfire risks
  • Clear vegetation around power poles and equipment in the wildland-urban interface to create Defensible Space Around Poles
  • Partner with community organizations that educate the public on how to protect their property from wildfires
  • Establish and follow protocols for electrical equipment in areas at particularly high risk for wildfire
  • Inspect every distribution feeder pole by pole in a four-year cycle (a three-year cycle in the wildland-urban interface)
  • Coordinate closely with local fire authorities and the forest service on fire mitigation efforts and during active fire incidents
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First responder support


 
We appreciate the commitment and expertise of first responders who protect our communities across the state. To support their important work, we provide scholarships to rural firefighters to attend the Arizona Sate Fire School, sponsor the Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy and more.

 

Vegetation management.

Managing vegetation around electricity

Your safety and the safety of those in your community is of the utmost importance. We want to work with you to make sure that the trees, shrubs and other greenery on your property are safe around any of the electrical equipment on or near your property.

How to be safe around energy

Safety around energy needs to be a prime concern. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Reliability during fire season

Learn about the ways we keep the power on during fire season and how we prep year-round.
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