Joint Utility Safety Team

Fire & Power Lines

Large fires burning adjacent to or under high voltage transmission lines have the potential to:

  • Create electrical arcs (known as “flashovers”) that can endanger people, animals, and objects;
  • Damage or destroy the wires, insulators, and supports of the transmission line;
  • Interrupt electricity supply to households and businesses.

If you see a fire burning underneath or near a transmission line, please call 9-1-1. In addition, all fires should be reported as soon as possible to AltaLink by calling 1-866-667-3400 (24 hours a day), even if you are unsure of what risk they pose.

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