Stay in control of your spring burning.
Every spring, landowners across Western Colorado use controlled burns to manage and restore ditches and other natural areas. You must take extra precautions when burning near DMEA power poles to prevent damage to DMEA equipment, widespread power outages, and repair bills as much as $5,000 repair. Before ever burning follow these steps:
Secure necessary permits
Check the forecast for weather conditions, such as wind direction and speed, as well as humidity
Cut all grass and weeds near power poles
Remove all dead trees and large vegetation within 20 feet
Water the area near the power poles and the base of the power poles
Plan to ﬁnish burns before noon
Continuously monitor weather before and during
Never leave burn unattended
Have a plan to put out your burn
Call 911 immediately if you lose control of your burn
Even with the best laid plans, a utility pole could catch on fire during a burn; however, planning in advance can decrease the chances. Fire damage to a power pole is usually evident by blackening and scorch marks, but even slight discoloration can cause serious problems.
Report any damage of DMEA power poles and equipment to DMEA immediately by calling 877-687-3632.