Wildfire season: Puget Sound Energy seeks to prepares customers with open-house events


Puget Sound Energy (PSE) invites its customers to join them in open house events that run until June 21.

Thurston County residents can go in person to the open house at the Griffin Fire Department on May 21 anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be no formal presentation.

PSE will be hosting seven open houses across its service territory, along with an online event, to inform customers about their wildfire prevention strategies and how individuals can ready themselves for the season ahead.

This year, PSE is warning customers that the 2024 wildfire season might differ significantly from previous years.

With this in mind, they're outlining three potential types of power outages that customers may experience:

  1. Enabling enhanced powerline settings (EPS) - In times of heightened fire risk, PSE may activate these settings to power lines that are more sensitive to potential hazards, automatically shutting off power to mitigate fire risks. These outages, similar to those during storms, could last several hours.
  2. Public safety power shutoff (PSPS) - During extreme fire weather conditions, PSE may switch off selected power lines to reduce wildfire risks. While customers will receive prior notifications, power restoration will only occur once it's safe, potentially lasting several days in case of damaging winds.
  3. Reactive de-energization - At the request of emergency officials during active wildfires, PSE may deactivate power lines. The duration of these outages varies depending on the situation.

PSE will inform the customers to remain patient as power will only be restored when they see it safe to do so, and they are ready to assist customers in being aware and prepared for any eventualities.

To learn more about PSE's wildfire preparedness efforts, visit its website.

To know more details about the open house events, visit the open house webpage, and to RSVP for the open house events, send an email to PSE.


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  • FirstOtter

    I can see the need to shut off the power in times when high winds and temperature increase the fire danger.

    But there are other sources of fires that PSE doesn't manage. That being Fireworks.

    The County Commissioners need to make a fireworks ban. For ALL of Thurston county. Last year they had a burn ban in place but did NOT establish a fireworks ban. Olympia and other cities had a fireworks ban, and all of Pierce and King County had fireworks bans. So where did the idiots who have this visceral need to blow things up go to do so? Rural Thurston county, where the prairies are the highest on the list for fire. We who live on prairie habitat can only do so much to prevent fires. But when some nitnoid stops on the side of the road after dark to light off his fireworks, what can we do? Call the sheriff? Right, we've done that and dispatch says, well, we'll try and get someone out but. We've approached the idiots hoping we don't get shot, and we are threatened and stalked. All we have left is standing with a running garden hose and hope the idiot blows his own hand off. He knows he'll never be caught and if someone's house burns down, well, that's that person's tough luck.

    We need a fireworks ban for all of Thurston County. For all time.

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  • C K

    I call bs. They raise prices yet don't maintain and/or upgrade equipment. it's far too easy to flip that switch and leave everyone in the dark. This is exactly why they want more EV and why they want to ban natural gas. Big corporations and big government go hand in hand. Too big and too powerful.

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