Wildfire Mitigation Plans in Power Systems: A Literature Review

Daniel A.Zuniga Vazquez, Feng Qiu, Neng Fan, Kevin Sharp

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Some of the deadliest wildfires in the U.S., such as California's 2018 wildfires, have been ignited by power systems. In an effort to prevent and minimize the ignition of wildfires, or control them if ignited, energy companies have developed wildfire mitigation plans. This paper provides energy companies and power system operators, engineers, researchers, and suppliers an overview of the state-of-the-art studies that address key topics in these wildfire mitigation plans and compares the wildfire mitigation plans of several energy companies. The key topics include grid design and system hardening, asset management and inspection, situational awareness and forecasting, operational response, vegetation management, public safety power shutoff, and risk-spend efficiency. This paper also presents a comparison of several energy companies' decision-making criteria for initiating a public safety power shutoff. Finally, we discuss opportunities for future research studies that could help energy companies prevent wildfire ignitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3540-3551
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • Public safety power shutoff
  • risk-spend efficiency
  • wildfire mitigation plan
  • wildfires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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