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ITC Midwest Urges Wildfire Precautions Amid Drought Conditions

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 13, 2024) – With extremely dry conditions throughout the Midwest, much of the region is experiencing a serious drought. The situation is so serious that burn bans have been placed in effect in many counties in the ITC Midwest electric transmission service territory. In addition, the National Weather Service may issue Red Flag warnings to alert the public to critical fire weather conditions that are occurring or will shortly. In response to the situation, ITC Midwest is reviewing additional safety precautions and reminding all landowners to respect burn ban restrictions, and when permitted, use caution when burning to prevent damage to utility power lines and poles.

A recent increase in field fires not only poses a threat to private property, but also to essential infrastructure providing electrical service to homes and businesses. To ensure utilities can continue to provide reliable electric service, landowners are strongly encouraged to establish proper firebreaks and other safety precautions around utility poles to prevent accidental ignition. This simple yet effective precaution increases safety and helps mitigate the unanticipated spread of wildfires to critical infrastructure.

“We advise using caution and planning for potential unintended consequences during these extremely dry conditions,” said ITC Midwest Vegetation Management Specialist Seth Chicas. “By taking proactive measures to prevent fires near utility infrastructure, we can continue to ensure the safety and reliability of essential electrical service.”

In the event of a fire impacting utility power lines or poles, landowners are urged to contact their local fire department immediately and then their local utility provider. Acting quickly will not only safeguard those involved, but also minimize damage and allow for inspection and repair of essential lines and poles to keep the power flowing.

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About ITC Midwest
ITC Midwest LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains regional operating facilities in Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota.  For further information visit WWW.ITC-HOLDINGS.COM. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit WWW.FORTISINC.COM.

Media Contact: Darcy Moulin (319-560-7466, DMOULIN@ITCTRANSCO.COM)