Fire and powerlines

Fires burning underneath or near powerlines can endanger people, animals and objects. They have the potential to interrupt electricity supply.

Download our Fire and Powerlines brochure (PDF 1.4 mb).

Report all fires near powerlines

If property or lives are at risk from fire underneath or near a powerline, call triple zero (000) immediately.

Report all fires underneath or near a powerline to us as soon as possible.  Call 13 19 62 even if unsure what risk they pose.

Before planning any activities involving fire near powerlines

Seek our advice and approval before undertaking any activity involving fire near powerlines. Call 13 12 53.

Early notification can ensure an appropriate response if the fire causes a fault on the network.

Safety advice for fires near powerlines

For your safety, when there is a fire close to a powerline remember:

  • Keep personnel, vehicles and attachments at least 25 metres from the powerline.
  • Electricity, especially at high voltages, can jump across several metres of air gap. Direct contact with a high voltage powerline is not required to produce a fatal event.
  • Smoke can act as a conductor. Fires burning near powerline easements can increase the chance of a flashover occurring.
  • Don’t count on rubber tyres on vehicles to stop a flashover from occurring.
  • During high demand, high temperature and fire, powerlines can sag reducing ground clearance.
  • Don’t stockpile, windrow or heap combustible material under high voltage powerlines.
  • Exercise caution if using powerline easements to access ready made firebreaks, a break from which to start back-burning, or as a refuge area in a firestorm.