Power Line Safety
Operating near or under power lines poses unique hazards, and the following precautions should be followed to reduce potential injury or equipment damage:
- If possible, the power company should deactivate lines in the fire area.
- Don’t operate heavy equipment under power lines.
- Don’t drive with long antennas under power lines.
- Don’t park under power lines. The magnetic field around energized power lines can induce an electrical charge in ungrounded vehicles or equipment. This charge can shock anyone who touches the vehicle.
- Keep all aviation activity away from power lines. Inform air attack and/or other aviation resources of the location of the power lines.
- Don’t stand near power lines during retardant drops.
- Don’t apply a straight stream to power lines.
- All personnel should be cautioned that smoke may become charged and conduct the electrical current. Deactivated transmission and distribution lines may continue to pose a hazard due to induction.
- If power lines fall on your vehicle, DON’T leave the vehicle until the power company arrives. If the vehicle is on fire or fire is near: jump clear, don’t hang on, keep feet together, and bunny hop away.
Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
10 Standard Firefighting Orders, PMS 110
18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 118
10 & 18 Poster, PMS 110-18
NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center