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Understanding Power Line and Wildfire Risks

This new course has been developed in response to the direct correlation of wildfires and electric power lines and the increased need for the understanding of wildfire prevention within the electric power industry. This course presents considerations regarding both electrical systems and combustible materials that need to be addressed in order to prevent wildfires caused by faulted electric power transmission and distribution lines.

This is a multidiscipline course. Simplified techniques that allow analysis of wildfire risk without unnecessary complications and unneeded calculations are presented. Electrical engineers acquire the necessary skills to evaluate the ignition of combustible materials when short circuits occur. Material scientists and environmental engineers obtain the skills necessary to evaluate arc energy released when short circuits occur. The basis for simplified analysis will be presented so that participants understand when detailed analysis is required.

The concepts of this course meet the learning objectives of anyone who is involved with the design, construction and operation of electric power systems, as well as staff members who are involved in wildfire prevention.

This course can be applied to the Electrical Engineering Certificate.


Anthony Sleva, PE

Anthony Sleva, PE

Mr. Sleva is director of engineering at Prescient Transmission Systems. His focus is to direct the development of new products and services that can be used to prevent wide area blackouts in the United States and across the globe. During ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Electrical engineers, designers and managers
  • Civil engineers, designers and managers
  • Construction foremen
  • Project managers
  • First responders
  • Material scientists
  • Environmental scientists, engineers and lawyers
  • Electric utility executives
  • State and federal regulators and staffs
  • Vegetation managers
  • Operations staff
  • Fire protection engineers and designers
  • Safety managers
  • Right-of-way agents

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of wildfire risk factors including arc energy, combustible material clear zones, arc energy deposition and combustible material ignition points
  • Complete wildfire risk evaluations for electric power transmission and distribution lines
  • Obtain an understanding of simplifications that can be made to quickly assess the risk of wildfires
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of enhancements that can be implemented to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by faulted transmission and distribution lines

Course Outline/Topics

During this course, you develop an understanding of wildfire prevention by:

  • Being introduced to basic fire chemistry and fire behavior when caused by electric arcs
  • Understanding combustible materials, material properties and ignition points
  • Analyzing risk factors for electric power transmission and distribution lines
  • Learning how to calculate arc flash energy release
  • Learning how to calculate arc energy deposition on nearby surfaces
  • Completing wildfire risk tabulations (high, moderate, low, minimal)
  • Developing Arc Energy Deposition profiles for high-risk lines
  • Using Arc Energy Combustible Material Ignition time-current curves
  • Learning innovative concepts that will prevent wildfires caused by faulted electric power transmission and distribution lines

Date: Mon-Thu, June 14-17, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 8am-4:30pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Anthony Sleva PE


$1,390 by Apr 14, 2021
$1,490 after Apr 14, 2021

CEUs: 2.4, PDHs: 24

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4840-13136

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2021

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