Community and stakeholder outreach plans involve communicating with various groups, 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 support, and complete more inspections and studies to inform our program. Our effort also includes collaboration and benchmarking with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), 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 Halls

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.

Xcel Energy recently held virtual town halls on June 3rd and 8th, to share information regarding our Wildfire Protection Program. A link to the presentation is included below, and a recording of the presentation can be made available upon request.
PDF Presentation

Safety Resources 

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 800.895.2999Learn 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. 

Wildfire Safety 

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 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.