Community and stakeholder outreach plans involve communicating with numerous stakeholders, educating them on the work being done for wildfire mitigation, answering questions about the plan and receiving feedback on what’s important to them. Our plan will continue to evolve as we evaluate new technologies, gain more industry and stakeholder input, and complete more inspections and studies to inform our program. Our effort also includes collaboration and benchmarking with Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute, national labs and our neighboring utilities to share lessons learned and best practices. Find out more about Xcel Energy’s commitment to the communities we serve.
Virtual Town Hall
Xcel Energy hosted a virtual town hall on June 10, 2021 to provide information about our Wildfire Protection Program. A recording of the presentation is provided below.
The team is actively meeting with communities across the state—and especially those in identified Wildfire Risk Zones—to share our plan. We’re working with high-fire threat communities in the wildland-urban interface – in mountain and forested areas. The team attends community meetings and works with county governments to describe what the program activities entail and explain why customers are seeing additional Xcel Energy crews working in the area. First responders and fire chiefs are very aware of wildfire risks, so we consider them key stakeholders, and solicit their feedback and share knowledge.
Since 2019, Xcel Energy has engaged communities, jurisdictions, utilities, and other stakeholders to provide more information about the Wildfire Protection Plan and collaborate to improve wildfire preparedness. Read about our accomplishments and planned work in the table below.
Work Completed and Planned
|Engaged with 17 counties and additional community organizations|
Hosted two virtual town halls for the public and the first Colorado Wildfire Mitigation Summit for utilities
Filed a second Wildfire Mitigation Plan with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Received approval of plan from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
|Ongoing engagement with multiple counties in wildfire risk areas|
Host a virtual town hall for the public (please visit the webpage below to learn more)
Hosted a second Colorado Wildfire Mitigation Summit for utility companies
Xcel Energy Gas and Electric Safety
Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. The safety of the public around Xcel Energy’s natural gas and electric systems influences every decision we make. Xcel Energy takes a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction of all natural gas and electric projects.
If you come across a downed power line, leave the area and report it immediately by calling 800.895.1999 and 911. Never approach a downed power line. Learn more about Xcel Energy’s electric system safety.
If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your home or business immediately. Once you are a safe distance away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800.895.2999. Learn more about Xcel Energy’s gas system safety.
When a 911 operator receives these calls, first responders are often the first to arrive at the scene. Therefore, we offer safety guidance and training to first responders to safely respond to natural gas and electric emergencies.
Explore wildfire risk in your area with the Colorado State Forest Service’s Wildfire Risk Viewer (formerly CO-WRAP).
The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings when weather conditions are expected to produce an increased risk of fire. Learn more about Red Flag Warnings. The United States Forest Service (USFS) uses a rating system that ranks fire danger using a color system: Low (Green), Moderate (Blue), High (Yellow), Very High (Orange), and Extreme (Red). Learn more about the fire rating system.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) serves Colorado’s fire community by training firefighters, suppressing wildfires, enforcing building codes and more. Learn about prescribed fires, wildfire facts and outdoor fire safety on the DFPC website.
The U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tracks fire incidents and works to improve wildfire preparedness across the Country. Learn how your community can prepare for a wildfire.
The USDA Forest Service hosts WildfireRisk.org, a website dedicated to mapping wildfire risk to communities. Understand the factors that affect wildfire risk, explore interactive charts and maps, and learn how to reduce wildfire risk in your area.