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Wildfire Mitigation

Weather Monitoring for Wildfire Mitigation

As a critical part of their Wildfire Mitigation Plan, Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. (BVES) in California installed 20 Orion™ Weather Stations throughout their system.

At 6800-ft elevation, with heavy forests and steep terrain, the area is considered high fire risk. With fire season growing more extreme statewide, the utility has put a new wildfire mitigation plan in place. Including vegetation management and equipment upgrades, operational improvements involve managing circuit controllers during fault conditions when re-energizing might be dangerous, as well as proactive shutoff (de-energization) during extremely high-risk weather conditions.

Real-time meteorological data at the various locations can be monitored via a phone app, offering “instant data that experts can analyze when time is short.”

Eric Cardella, Engineering Supervisor, says, “In terms of fire safety, that’s important so that we can monitor the relative humidities, the temperature, the wind speeds and wind gusts.”

In addition to Orion sensor modules with ultrasonic wind measurement, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and rainfall sensors, BVES’s weather stations include wireless cell modem communication and utilize the free Cloud Weather Server feature of the Weather MicroServer device which is housed in a weatherproof enclosure

Check out BVE's Wildfire Mitigation Plan video below. Orion weather stations feature at about 1:20.

Orion Weather Station mounted on pole

Orion™ Weather Station

"Instant data that experts can analyze when time is short... In terms of fire safety, that’s important so that we can monitor the relative humidities, the temperature, the wind speeds and wind gusts."

Links for additional information:

Weather Stations for Incident Response

BVES Wildire Mitigation Plan

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