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Shrubs and trees and transmission lines are in the foreground of the picture. White smoke rises in behind them in the background of the picture.

With wildfires increasing, the threat to utilities is also on the rise

Wildfires pose a threat to the energy sector — both the critical infrastructure that generates energy, like dams and wind turbines, and the infrastructure that delivers electricity to consumers, mainly transmission lines.
The Sourdough Fire in Whatcom County has caused two dams that provide power to Seattle to go offline for stretches of multiple days — the Ross and Diablo dams. Earlier this summer, the Newell Road fire near Goldendale had crews battling flames under wind turbines.
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