Western Power has undertaken an early assessment of the extent of damage to the electricity network from the Bullsbrook bushfire.
The bushfire has destroyed or damaged more than 165 power poles across the vast 7,000 hectare fire zone.
Western Power is ready to enter bushfire damaged areas to start rebuilding the electricity network as soon as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) declares the site safe for our crews.
Before crews can start safely rebuilding the network, burnt trees and debris in danger of collapsing will need to be cleared.
Rebuilding the network is expected to take at least one week however reconnection to individual homes will take longer as some property owners will need qualified electricians to check that their electrical infrastructure is safe before the power is restored.
Western Power’s Head of Field Operations Brad Lacey said Western Power had today focussed on delivering power poles and other infrastructure to the site in order to commence work as soon as the all-clear is given.
“Western Power will rebuild the electricity network once the area is deemed safe and we have been provided access,” Mr Lacey said.
“We now know we have a great deal of work ahead of us because of the vast area affected by the bushfire, and the large number of power poles and lines that have been damaged.
“If people are travelling in the area, please be safe. If you see a fallen powerline or other hazard on the network please treat the equipment as if it were live and contact Western Power on 13 13 51.”
Western Power’s Community Caravan will be located at the Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Station, 14 Hidden Valley Retreat, Clarkson, from tomorrow morning to answer any questions customers may have around restoration of power supply.
Approximately 150 customers are without power because of the bushfire.
- If you see fallen powerlines, stay clear and make the safe call to Western Power's emergency line on 13 13 51
- For information on bushfire warnings, please visit the DFES website, www.dfes.wa.gov.au
For more safety tips and information on power interruptions, visit us at www.westernpower.com.au, and follow us on Twitter @westernpowerwa and Facebook on Western Power WA.
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