In June, Sangre de Cristo implemented fire prevention procedures when restoring power after outages to reduce the risk of wildfire.
During fire prevention procedures, SDCEA line crews walk, hike or drive the length of affected sections of line to inspect conditions prior to restoration of power. While this mode of operation greatly reduces the risk of a fire being started by electrical equipment, it can impact the length and size of power outages. These prevention procedures rely more on field and ground work and less on automated or remotely-controlled equipment for restoration.
Although fire restrictions were lifted in several area counties at the end of July, SDCEA determined it would remain in fire prevention mode until further notice, as restrictions were still in place in other locations.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.