Substation Fires

  • Let it burn. Burning electrical equipment is already ruined and will be replaced. Contact the local utility and wait for them to arrive.
  • Evacuate the area. Keep people at least 300 feet away. Protect exposures to prevent fire from spreading.
  • If an equipment fire must be suppressed, utility personnel and your incident commander will tell you how to proceed.

SCENARIO: Successful Response to Substation Fire

A circuit breaker containing 20 gallons of mineral oil caught fire and exploded at a rural electric substation. Flames and smoke shot 200 feet into the air. Firefighters evacuated nearby residences within 300 feet, set up a 100-foot perimeter around the substation, closed the nearby highway, and let the fire run its course. Thanks to proper response procedures, no one was injured.