June 12, 2020 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) is pleased to announce their involvement in updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) this summer. Working alongside the Kenai Peninsula Borough and local fire agencies, HEA will help to identify and mitigate wildfire hazards to our communities and infrastructures located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), which is an area located between wildland and human development.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is leading an effort to develop a borough-wide CWPP update that encompasses all communities in collaboration with the All Lands All Hands Interagency Group (ALAH Group) to ensure the plan is current and best serves the communities it is designed to protect. Members from this group include municipal, state, federal and tribal land management agencies to make up the Core Team. This team is tasked with driving the planning and decision-making process for this project.
HEA has been selected by KPB as a key stakeholder in the planning process due to our critical role in providing the Kenai Peninsula with electrical power. HEA will serve on the Core Team to provide planning and guidance on adapting the revised CWPP to meet HEA’s needs for maintaining public safety and protecting critical infrastructure during future wildfires.
HEA’s area of focus throughout the planning process will include an emphasis on the following priorities:
- Safety of electrical personnel and safe operation of electrical infrastructure.
- Safety of fire personnel working in and around electrical facilities during an active fire.
- Adapting vegetation management practices to account for future wildfire impacts to critical infrastructure.
- Identifying high risk areas where future wildfire impacts could result in extended duration power outages should significant damage to infrastructure occur.