CEC protects power lines in Sisters


Last updated 4/30/2024 at 9:26am

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Right of way clearing below power lines can help mitigate sources of wildfire ignition.

Keeping power lines safe from wildfire is a critical part of infrastructure protection in Sisters Country. Right of way (ROW) clearing can mitigate sources of wildfire ignition and improve worker safety for those who maintain power lines.

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has begun a vegetation management project on approximately 3.5 miles of existing powerline along Forest Service Road 2058 (North Pine Street) - a road that connects the City of Sisters with Indian Ford Road to the north.

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is completing this ongoing maintenance to ensure reliable electricity for the greater Sisters area. The work will include felling approximately 140 trees within 10 feet of the power transmission line corridor. Trees alongside the corridor may be trimmed, and hazard trees outside the 10-foot corridor may be felled. Hazard identification includes trees or branches with the potential to come in contact with the line.

CEC reports that crews will use existing roads and incorporate protection measures to minimize impacts to sensitive natural resources. Felled trees may be used as firewood or sold as other forest products.

The Sisters Tie Trail (Trail #4092) and Forest Service Road 2058 (North Pine Street) will be periodically closed during May and June while work is occurring. Trail closure signs will be posted at the trailhead and along the trail. These closures are in place to protect both public and worker safety.

"We value the partnership and good working relationship we have with Central Electric Cooperative, and share interests around public safety, reliable energy delivery, and reduced wildfire risk", said Sisters District Ranger Ian Reid.


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