EWEB, Lane Electric approve wildfire mitigation plans

The Eugene Water & Electric Board and Lane Electric Cooperative each have recently completed wildfire mitigation plans, created as part of new requirements for many Oregon utilities following the destructive 2020 Labor Day Fires.

EWEB’s board of commissioners approved the utility’s wildfire mitigation plan during its July meeting. Lane Electric’s board of commissioners approved the cooperative’s wildfire mitigation plan in June.

The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring electric utilities develop such plans, in part, due to the role utilities’ infrastructure played during the 2020 Labor Day Fires, some of which were first sparked by wind-downed power lines.

More:Lane County lawsuit seeks $103M from public utilities over Holiday Farm Fire

The cause of the Holiday Farm Fire, one of the Labor Day fires, hasn’t been officially determined. The Holiday Farm Fire burned more than 174,000 acres in the McKenzie River Valley, killed one person and burned hundreds of homes and buildings.

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