Wildfire safety

Wildfire safety.


APS works year-round to minimize the risk of wildfires. Public safety and coordination with first response and forest management agencies are our highest priorities in helping to prevent and respond to wildfires.

Prepare for wildfire fire season

  • Reduce the density of vegetation around your home
    • Mow grass and weeds, thin and prune trees and shrubs, and dispose of debris 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.

  • Prepare for outages ahead of time
    • Have flashlights, batteries and water on hand. Sign up for outage alerts at aps.com/outages.

  • Put together a family plan in case of an emergency
    • Sign up for emergency alert notifications through your county or other local resource.

  • Stay away from downed power lines
    • If you see a line down, assume it is energized. Stay at least 100 feet away. Call 911, then APS.

  • Learn more about how to prepare for wildfire

During high-risk conditions

When the risk of fire is higher, we take extra steps to reduce the threat of wildfires. This can include possibly interrupting service or delaying restoration for customers in areas at greater risk for wildfires.

• We may de-energize lines to help protect first responders battling wildfire

• We may take equipment out of service to reduce fire risk

• We may follow protocols that could prolong outages in order to protect the public

We realize that any disruption of power is a major inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we put the safety of first responders and our communities first.

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

First responder support

APS appreciates the commitment and expertise of first responders who protect communities across our state. We are proud to support their work by providing scholarships for rural firefighters to attend the Arizona State Fire School, sponsoring the Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy in Prescott 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 one during fire season and how we prep year-round.
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